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Thomas Paine

Jefferson, Paine, and the Question of Generations

For your reading pleasure today, a guest post from Tom Cutterham, a graduate student at St Hugh’s College and the Rothermere American Institute, Oxford (UK). Cutterham works on social, political, and economic thought in the so-called critical period of the 1780s. He is also a senior editor at the Oxonian Review, and tweets as @tomc759. In September 1789 Thomas Jefferson wrote to James Madison from Paris that “the question Whether one generation of men has a right to bind another, seems never to have been started either on this or our side of the water.” In making his own answer, Read more