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While recent scholarship has argued for the utility of W. E. B. Du Bois’s thought for democratic theory, his career-long emphasis on the problem of social equality—and the solution of self-conscious manhood—has gone largely unnoticed. In this article, I argue that while Du Bois’s emphasis on...
Nonvoting representatives, representing American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and Washington, DC, inhabit a peripheral space within the US Congress. House rules bar them from voting on the floor, their authority derives not from the Constitution...
This article revisits the political thought of the Georgia Populist Thomas E. Watson (1856–1922), with a focus on themes such as Caesarism, agrarian equality, and republican decline. After a failed vice presidential run in 1896, Watson published a volley of books on topics such as Jefferson, the...
The two works under review return to the founders to better understand the nature and limits of the American experiment as pessimism about its future has grown. Thomas E. Ricks’s First Principles: What American Founders Learned from the Greeks and Romans and How That Shaped Our Country examines...
In 1785, Thomas Jefferson printed his plan for ending slavery in Virginia: all slaves born after a certain date should be free, and the state should educate the freed children, colonize them to some hospitable location, and then support the new nation until it was strong enough for independence....
The deeply prudential nature of James Madison’s statesmanship has frequently been noted but never sufficiently explored. Prudence, for Madison, meant that an individual should support imperfect (even bad) policies when these were the best practicable—an outlook that complicates assessment of...
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