About 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 Constitutionalism of The Federalist Papers

By |2017-04-19T11:11:18-05:00January 1st, 2017|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Constitution, Featured, Federalist Papers, Timeless Essays|

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 the opportunity to join William Allen as he examines the [...]

America’s Identity Crisis: National Character & Political Disorder

By |2019-07-23T11:43:33-05:00October 12th, 2015|Categories: Character, Featured, Nationalism, Republicanism|

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 very center of our national existence, at once moral and political and touching precisely upon the reciprocal relationship [...]

The Constitutionalism of The Federalist Papers

By |2020-10-27T11:02:02-05:00September 9th, 2012|Categories: American Founding, Constitution, Federalist Papers, Political Science Reviewer|

Consider: Where in the Constitution does one find the separation of powers mentioned? Where does the expression “checks and balances” occur? They are not in the Constitution. We use them because they are terms upon the basis of which the Constitution was accepted. And it is the agreement reached on those things that constitutes the [...]

Benjamin Franklin & George Washington: Symbols or Lawmakers?

By |2021-03-07T17:18:31-06:00August 25th, 2012|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Benjamin Franklin, Constitution, Constitutional Convention, George Washington, Political Science Reviewer|

Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, uniquely, have been lionized as merely “lending their names” to the founding. But at least one of these two greatest Americans of the eighteenth century was indeed a lawmaker and not merely a symbol in the Constitutional Convention. The title of this essay gives away its complete content, without suggesting [...]

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