by James W. Ely, Jr.
The Constitutional Thought of Thomas Jefferson by David N. Mayer, University Press of Virginia, 1994
Thomas Jefferson continues to fascinate scholars. A voluminous literature examines his long public career and extensive comments on political issues. Historians have shown particular interest in exploring the elusive philosophical underpinnings of Jefferson’s political persuasions. David N. Mayer makes a valuable contribution to this debate with his comprehensive study of Jefferson’s constitutional principles as they matured from the 1760s to the 1820s. [Read more...]