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American Founding

The cosmopolitan Jefferson—enlightened, tolerant, humane—is at the same time the best example of the sensitive provincial. And in getting back to the provincial Jefferson, the essential Jefferson, we recover one of the valuable links of our national heritage... Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords...

Luther Martin understood human nature with a genius of sheer power, foresight, and brilliance. He believed that there can be no union without subsidiarity because without it, governments run with the cyclical and typical tyrannies of humankind... Forgotten Founder, Drunken Prophet, The Life...

The dismantling of the idea of the West unwittingly wrought massive damage upon the very ways in which Western citizens viewed themselves, disconnecting them not only from other cultures and peoples but also from one another... The dismantling...

Many parts of North America were settled by Christians who devoted their communities to the service of God. Arguments and assumptions drawn from Christian theology were part of the background for the framing and ratification of the Constitution, as well as many of the great controversies of...

What made James Madison unique among his generation and has subsequently made his legacy invaluable... was his commitment to the "sacred fire of liberty" and his steadfast refusal to abandon either his republican commitment to popular participation or his liberal commitments to justice and the protection of...

"Occasioned by General Washington's Arrival in Philadelphia, On the Way to his Residence in Virginia" The great, unequal conflict past, The Briton banish’d from our shore, Peace, heav’n-descended, comes at last, And hostile nations rage no more; From fields of death the weary...

Jonathan Edwards helped to invent a new America, committed to a national covenant and an unprecedented spiritual egalitarianism... In 1930, the historian Henry Bamford Parkes critically assessed the legacy of America’s most famous Puritan intellectual, Jonathan Edwards....

The war between France and Great Britain was the first major crisis faced by the country under the new Constitution. It was a test that the Washington Administration helped the nation pass with flying colors... Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity...

Lance Banning’s portrayal of James Madison as a son of the Virginia piedmont, consistent advocate of states’ rights, and strict constructionist does much to aid our understanding of the Father of the Constitution... The Sacred Fire of Liberty: James Madison and the Founding of the...

Edmund Burke, like his Whig forebears, believed in the existence of a higher moral law to which all valid positive law must conform, a universal law which manifests itself in diverse concrete forms, in the great variety of legal codes and customs that constitute particular cultural traditions... Today’s...

Of all John Adams' published writings, two works provide an especially fruitful resource for an inquiry into his deepest political reflection... Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join John Paynter as he unlocks the key to understanding John Adams' political...

For some time now, our political rhetoric has increasingly moved toward an opposition between classes, causing tension—indeed a kind of warfare—between what Aristotle called the few rich and the many poor. Our founders worked hard to bridge this gap... Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers...

The need for understanding our roots is as timeless as the human story itself and explains why we cling to the Declaration of Independence... Most people know that the Fourth of July—Independence Day—is a celebration of America’s separation from...

Editor's Note: Join host Steve Allen as he welcomes Cleopatra, Thomas Aquinas, Thomas Paine, and Theodore Roosevelt to a discussion of questions of enduring significance. Topics include the merits and evils of imperialism, the American Revolution, the possibility of nobility in war, certitude of religious doctrine, and...