Spencer Roane’s ardent defense of state sovereignty and Jeffersonian republicanism rub against the traditional story of early nineteenth-century America.
Aaron N. Coleman
Conservatives should recognize that our embrace of the very constitutional vices the Anti-Federalists warned about has made our Republic one in name only.
The debate reveals two incompatible visions of American constitutionalism and ordered liberty that are vital to understand today.
Aaron N. Coleman is associate professor of history and Chair of the History and Political Science Department at the University of the Cumberlands. He is the author of The American Revolution, State Sovereignty, and the American Constitutional Settlement, 1765-1800 (Lexington, 2016) and co-editor of Debating Federalism: From the Founding to Today (Lexington, 2019).