Reclaiming the American Revolution | William Watkins

Reclaiming the American Revolution
by William Watkins

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Quick Review

The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions of 1798 were part of a critically important episode in American history, and yet today they are largely neglected. Before William Watkins’ Reclaiming the American Revolution, a book had not been written on the subject in over a century. Watkins’ treatment of the subject is masterful, as he recounts the John Adams administration’s constitutional abuses in the late nineteenth century and how Thomas Jefferson and James Madison’s responded to them, calling on the states to exercise their constitutional right to ignore unconstitutional federal laws. As Watkins notes, this lesson, if applied today, would succeed in limiting the many abuses of power by the federal government. With this book, Watkins has contributed a vitally important work on a neglected topic

Praise for Reclaiming the American Revolution

“With historical knowledge that one can only wish more could possess, Watkins has brought our attention back to Jefferson’s and Madison’s constitutional commentary in the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions of 1798-1800 and their illuminating relation to American history.” – Clyde Wilson, professor of history, University of South Carolina

“Reclaiming the American Revolution is a provocative invitation to rethink the nature of contemporary American government in the light of the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions. William Watkins’ brisk and panoramic account of American constitutionalism reminds us of the political possibilities open to courageous and spirited citizens who are dedicated to responsible liberty under the rule of law.” – Herman Belz, professor history, University of Maryland

“Those of us who are alarmed by the recent incursions into personal freedom are indebted to William Watkins for Reclaiming the American Revolution, his penetrating and insightful account of how Jefferson and Madison reacted to a situation of equal peril to liberty. We could not do better than to remind ourselves of how they responded when faced with a crisis no less grievous.” – Ronald Hamowy, professor of history, University of Alberta

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