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The Louisiana Purchase and the Corruption of the Jeffersonians

Liberty vs. Power Podcast

Tags U.S. HistoryPolitical Theory

01/19/2022Tho BishopPatrick Newman

The Revolution of 1800 removed the Hamiltonians from power, and in Jefferson's first term, America witnessed a major reduction of federal power. In his second term, however, an offer by French Emperor Napoleon to purchase the Louisiana territory would mark the fall of the Old Republicans.

In this episode, Patrick and Tho look at how dreams of conquest in Canada, Spanish Florida, Mexico, and beyond have had tragic consequences for Americans' liberty.

Recommended Reading

"The Louisiana Purchase: Jefferson's Constitutional Crisis that Risked Dissolving the Union" by Dave Benner —

"Was Thomas Jefferson a Great President?" by Scott Trask —

Cronyism: Liberty versus Power in Early America, 1607–1849 by Patrick Newman —

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Contact Tho Bishop

Tho is Editorial and Content Manager for the Mises Institute, and can assist with questions from the press. Prior to working for the Mises Institute, he served as Deputy Communications Director for the House Financial Services Committee. His articles have been featured in The Federalist, the Daily Caller, Business Insider, The Washington Times, and The Rush Limbaugh Show.

Contact Patrick Newman

Patrick is Assistant Professor of Economics at Florida Southern College. He completed his PhD in the Department of Economics at George Mason University. He is a 2018 Mises Institute Research Fellow.