Gerald F. Leonard, Law Alumni Scholar and Professor of Law at the Boston University School of Law, will speak about Thomas Jefferson’s pivotal role in altering the operative meaning of the Constitution between 1787 and the Jacksonian ascendancy of the late 1820s and 1830s. To explain this aspect of Jefferson’s career, Professor Leonard will elucidate Jefferson’s constitutional thought across a half century of constitutional development. The essential themes are democratization and its relation to the rule of law, the emergence of party federalism (states’ rights), and slavery. The accompanying paper is available from radelstein[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.
An informal reception will follow. This is the third of four lectures on Centralization and Decentralization hosted by the Allbritton Collaborative Cluster Initiative.
Date: Tuesday, March 24 – Today
Time: 4:15 PM
Place: PAC 002