My choice seemed especially easy where the differences among different delegates' accounts might well be explained by a decision on Madison's part that in light of his trouble with other Jeffersonians
after 1787, he would scrub language that might make clear where he had acted against what came to be stock Jeffersonian
In his lengthy, minutely researched, and heavily end-noted study, the Jeffersonians
are the heroes.
But what Jeffersonians
ought to know by now is that they will never carve a new state out of the wilds between Roseburg and Redding.
Nowhere to be seen now are the old Jeffersonians
, once a major American type, rebellious men who dared defend the rights of themselves and their communities from outside impositions.
One expects an assessment of Adams's work, perhaps an analysis of its subject and past historians' views, and hopefully, given Wills's reputation, an evaluation of Adams's role, the role of the History, or the role of the Jeffersonians
, in the making of America.
Croly accused Jeffersonians
like Bryan of "suppressing fruitful social and economic inequalities .
When they charged the Jeffersonians
and Jacksonians with hypocrisy for holding slaves while preaching liberty, Wilentz detects a political tactic devoid of moral foundation.
favored an agrarian society with strong individual rights (primarily for white men), and in contrast to Hamilton, supported the practice of slavery.
In his Life of Lycurgus, the ancient biographer Plutarch gave a mixed accounting of those supposed Jeffersonians
at Sparta, one of the Greek city-states represented at Salamis: "First and foremost, Lycurgus considered children to belong not privately to their fathers, but jointly to their city.
The founders of this country are not usually envisioned that way - in the midst of that free-for-all power struggle between the Federalists and the Jeffersonians
oppose vouchers for three reasons: 1) They will punch a gaping hole in the constitutional wall separating church and state, a wall that has served us well for over two centuries.
Eventually the Jeffersonians
succeeded, of course, although the Federalist ideals were reborn, first with the Whigs, and then with our own era's Republicans, continuing the pattern of never-ending political sectarian strife which characterizes our history.