Tag Archives: Virginia Resolutions

Nullify! Chapter 5: “A Starting Point”

Understood in this correct historical context, the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions of 1798 provide an invaluable blueprint on how to stop federal power today. Includes correspondence between Thomas Jefferson and James Madison regarding the rightful remedy of nullification at the time of the Alien & Sedition Act. Continue reading

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Nullify! Chapter 4: The Principles of ’98 from Thomas Jefferson and James Madison

In 1798, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison penned the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions, formally articulating the principles of nullification for the first time. Continue reading






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Nullification and the Kentucky Resolution of 1798

Because the United States was founded as a constitutional republic, Americans of all eras frequently raise concerns about federal authority that bear resemblance to debates from earlier times in our history. Continue reading






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The Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions with Tom Richey

Thomas Jefferson and James Madison invoke state sovereignty and the ideals of nullification in response to the Alien and Sedition Acts. Continue reading






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Nullification for Lawyers

Jefferson and Madison did not base their principles of nullification on the fact that the Constitution had not established an ultimate authority. They based their principles on the fact that the people of the states ARE the ultimate authority – not the federal government they created. Jefferson makes this clear in the first few lines of the Kentucky Resolution of 1798. Continue reading






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The Defining Characteristic of Sovereignty

Jefferson’s Kentucky Resolutions insisted “that alien friends are under the jurisdiction and protection of the laws of the state wherein they are [and] that no power over them has been delegated to the United States, nor prohibited to the individual states, distinct from their power over citizens.” Continue reading






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