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Kevin Gutzman: Thomas Jefferson—Revolutionary

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02/24/2017Kevin R. C. GutzmanJeff Deist

Dr. Kevin Gutzman is a history professor at Western Connecticut State University, a New York Times best-selling author, and one of the leading Constitutional scholars in the country today. He and Jeff talk about his new book, Thomas Jefferson—Revolutionary: A Radical's Struggle to Remake America. Dr. Gutzman discusses some of the overlooked ways Jefferson shaped America, and how his radical views are often underplayed by many academics today. Jefferson’s views on self-governance freedom of conscious, and rejection of centralized control made him perhaps the most libertarian Founding Father — one whose ideas are still relevant today.

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Contact Kevin R. C. Gutzman

Kevin Gutzman is Professor of History at Western Connecticut State University. His website is He is author of James Madison and the Making of America (St. Martin's Press, 2012), Who Killed the Constitution? The Federal Government vs. American Liberty from World War I to Barack Obama (Crown Forum, 2009; co-authored with Thomas E. Woods, Jr.), Virginia's American Revolution: From Dominion to Republic, 1776-1840 (Lexington Books, 2007), and The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution (Regnery Publishing, 2007). Gutzman is an expert in the Middle Period of American history, 1760-1877, with additional areas of expertise in American constitutional and Southern history.

Contact Jeff Deist

Jeff Deist is president of the Mises Institute. He previously worked as chief of staff to Congressman Ron Paul, and as an attorney for private equity clients. Contact: email; Twitter.

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