The Constitutional Thought of Thomas Jefferson

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In this comprehensive account of Jefferson's constitutional thought, David N. Mayer offers a fresh perspective on Jefferson's philosophy of government. Eschewing the "liberalism versus civic republicanism" debate that has so dominated early American scholarship in recent years, Mayer examines Jefferson's thought on Jefferson's own terms - as "whig," "federal," and "republican." In the interrelationships and tensions among these three essential aspects of Jefferson's theory, Mayer explains Jefferson's response to ...
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In this comprehensive account of Jefferson's constitutional thought, David N. Mayer offers a fresh perspective on Jefferson's philosophy of government. Eschewing the "liberalism versus civic republicanism" debate that has so dominated early American scholarship in recent years, Mayer examines Jefferson's thought on Jefferson's own terms - as "whig," "federal," and "republican." In the interrelationships and tensions among these three essential aspects of Jefferson's theory, Mayer explains Jefferson's response to the particular constitutional issues and problems of his time. In contrast to other studies that view Jefferson as a champion of democracy, Mayer's book emphasizes Jefferson's commitment to liberty. Jefferson's distinctiveness, Mayer argues, was the degree to which he advocated that government should leave individuals alone, free to govern themselves. Believing that "the natural process of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground," Jefferson stressed the importance of written constitutions, scrupulously adhered to, as well as popular participation and vigilance over government, to keep its power from being abused. Drawing together Jefferson's scattered writings on the subject, Mayer traces the development of his constitutional theory from its beginnings through all the significant periods of Jefferson's life - his early education, the American Revolution, the constitutional debates of the 1780s, the Federalist-Republican political party struggles of the 1790s, his two presidential terms, and his retirement years. The Constitutional Thought of Thomas Jefferson provides a comprehensive explanation of Jefferson's constitutional theory and philosophy of government, including rights theories (particularly First Amendment freedoms), federalism, constitutional interpretation, separation of powers (including presidential powers), and constitutional change. This is an indispensable guide for anyone interested in Jefferson's ideas about law a
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Eschewing the "liberalism vs. civic republicanism" debate that has dominated early American scholarship in recent years, Mayer examines Jefferson's thought on Jefferson's own terms--as "whig," "federal," and "republican." In the interrelationships and tensions among these three essential aspects of Jefferson's theory, Mayer explains Jefferson's response to the particular constitutional issues and problems of his time. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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  • ISBN-13: 9780813914848
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press
  • Publication date: 2/29/2000
  • Series: Constitutionalism and Democracy Series
  • Pages: 397
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David N. Mayer is Professor of Law and History at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. He has published numerous articles in law and history journals.

University of Virginia Press

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Bold in the Pursuit of Knowledge: The Education of an American Real Whig 1
2 Causes Which Have Impelled Us to the Separation: The Logic of the American Revolution 25
3 Our Revolution Commenced on More Favorable Ground: The Foundations of Republican Government 53
4 The Interesting Experiment of Self-Government: The Evolution of Republican Constitutionalism 89
5 We Are All Federalists, We Are All Republicans: The Republican "Revolution" of 1800 and Beyond 119
6 Certain Fences against Wrong: The Federal Constitution and the Bill of Rights 145
7 The True Theory of Our Constitution: Federalism and the Limits of Federal Power 185
8 Bound by the Chains of the Constitution: The Presidency and Executive Power 222
9 A Solecism in a Republican Government: The Judiciary and Judicial Review 257
10 Hand in Hand with the Progress of the Human Mind: Constitutional Change and the Preservation of Republicanism 295
Conclusion: Government "Founded in Jealousy, and Not in Confidence" 320
Notes 333
Select Bibliography 377
Index 387
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