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William B. Allen

William B. Allen
Dr. William B. Allen is Veritas Fund and Miller Senior Fellow at the Matthew J. Ryan Center of Villanova University. Additionally, he serves as Associate Pastor of First Baptist Church in Havre de Grace (MD) and is Dean Emeritus, and Emeritus Professor of Political Science, of the James Madison College of Michigan State University. He is author of George Washington: America's First Progressive and Rethinking Uncle Tom: The Political Thought of Harriet Beecher Stowe. Dr. Allen is the editor of George Washington: A Collection and Works of Fisher Ames: In Two Volumes.

The founders never wished to create merely a centralized political universe. Yet, Federalists did aim to produce a central governing body as the sun of our political universe. That is why they came to be called Federalists... Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers...
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I suggest a crisis by collecting in one breath the terms national character and political disorder. Nor do I shrink from the implicit affirmation that the people of the United States confront an identity crisis at the...

The constitutionalism of The Federalist Papers directs our attention away from its scientific and historical roots and toward its particular ambitions. The reason for this is that the term "constitution" is too narrowly construed as a structure of institutions. That is...

George Washington The title of this essay gives away its complete content, without suggesting its conclusion-namely, that at least one of the two greatest Americans of the eighteenth century was indeed a lawmaker and not merely a symbol in...