John Marshall: A Primer

By |2020-03-30T10:14:33-05:00March 30th, 2020|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Bradley J. Birzer, Constitution, History, John Marshall, Senior Contributors, Supreme Court|

Perhaps more than any other figure in the early history of the American Republic, John Marshall shaped the Supreme Court as well as attitudes toward and understandings of the U.S. Constitution. John Marshall (September 24, 1755–July 6, 1835) was the fourth man to serve as the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, [...]

Luther Martin of Maryland & the Constitutional Convention

By |2019-02-14T13:14:55-06:00September 16th, 2017|Categories: Alexander Hamilton, American Founding, American Republic, Constitution, Featured, George Mason, George Washington, History, John Marshall|

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 of Luther Martin, by Bill Kauffman (Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2008) “Happiness [...]

Marshall vs. Jefferson: Then and Now

By |2017-02-16T18:38:53-06:00December 25th, 2016|Categories: American Republic, Constitution, Featured, Federalism, John Marshall, Politics, Thomas Jefferson, Timeless Essays|

In sharp contrast to John Marshall’s elitist orientation—with its em­phasis on the primacy of the national government, and restraint of the excesses of democracy—Thomas Jefferson’s philosophy was at once populistic and highly individualistic... Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Phillip Henderson as he examines the principles of government through the [...]

Marshall vs. Jefferson: Then and Now

By |2019-08-22T15:50:10-05:00September 1st, 2012|Categories: American Republic, Constitution, John Marshall, Supreme Court, Thomas Jefferson|Tags: |

Throughout the first decade of the American republic, competing claims regarding the proper interpretation of the Constitution and the application of its principles were confined primarily to the executive branch and Congress. The Supreme Court remained, for the most part, uninvolved in the resolution of constitutional ques­tions concerning the scope of authority of the [...]