Monocrats and Jacobins

  • William J. WatkinsJr.


The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions, written over two decades after the colonies declared independence from Great Britain, represent a reaffirmation of the spirit of 1776. At the core, the Resolutions are intrepid statements in favor of self-government and limited central authority. A product of the political and constitutional battlegrounds of the 1790s, the Resolutions serve to link the federal union created by the Constitution with aspirations of the patriots of the American Revolution. Indeed, the touch of the author of the Declaration of Independence is unmistakable when one reads the Kentucky Resolutions of 1798.


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