John Taylor of Caroline

John Taylor (1753-1824) was a farmer, politician, and author from Virginia who led the cause of state’s rights within a decade after the Constitution was ratified.  A contemporary of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, he was instrumental in convincing both men to develop the doctrine of nullification as a method of maintaining state’s rights in the face of growing central government power.

His writing covers a wide range of issues from defending agrarianism to explaining the problems of paper money and national debt.  His insightful writings are a must for anyone attempting to understand the beginnings of small government republicanism in America.

Arator (philosophy of agrarianism)

Construction Construed and Constitutions Vindicated

Tyranny Unmasked

An Inquiry into the Principles and Policy of the Government of the United States (A response to John Adam’s book on the Constitution)

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