In episode #4 of the Liberty Lounge, Dr. Kevin Gutzman joins the Western Canon Podcast to discuss his book Thomas Jefferson, Revolutionary: A Radical’s Struggle to Remake America, as well as his book James Madison and the Making of America. Along the way, he discusses the philosophy of the founders, constitutional originalism, the dangers of the current administrative state, and the future of American conservatism. Professor Gutzman also weighs in on the Sohrab Ahmari (nationalist populism) vs. David French (classical liberalism) conflict.
Kevin R. C. Gutzman is the New York Times best-selling author of 5 books. Gutzman is Professor and former Chair in the History Department at Western Connecticut State University and a faculty member at LibertyClassroom.com. He holds a bachelor's degree, a master of public affairs degree, and a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as an MA and PhD in American history from the University of Virginia.
His first book was New York Times best-seller The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution. His second book is Virginia’s American Revolution: From Dominion to Republic, 1776-1840. After that, he co-authored Who Killed the Constitution? The Federal Government vs. American Liberty from World War I to Barack Obama with Thomas E. Woods, Jr. His fourth book James Madison and the Making of America received positive reviews from The Wall Street Journal, The Journal of Southern History, The Washington Times, and numerous other publications. His latest book Thomas Jefferson—Revolutionary: A Radical’s Struggle to Remake America was published in 2017.
Gutzman's essay “Lincoln as Jeffersonian: The Colonization Chimera” appeared in Lincoln Emancipated: The President and the Politics of Race, and his “James Madison and Ratification: A Triumph Over Adversity” appeared in A Companion to James Madison and James Monroe. His scholarly articles have appeared in The Journal of Southern History, The Journal of the Early Republic, The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, The Review of Politics, and The Journal of the Historical Society, among other publications. He has written a hundred book reviews for outlets scholarly and popular and has contributed three dozen essays to historical encyclopedias. Gutzman has written for numerous popular magazines and newspapers.
Gutzman has appeared on hundreds of radio programs, such as NPR’s “Backstory With the American History Guys” and national television programs including C-SPAN 2's “BookTV,” CNN's “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” Fox News's “The Glenn Beck Program” (both with Beck and with Judge Andrew Napolitano), NewsMax TV, and BBC. He has been interviewed by reporters from major outlets such as AP, Washington Times, Philadelphia Enquirer, Washington Post, Hartford Business Journal, Houston Chronicle, Investor's Business Daily, Money Magazine, and The New York Times, among others.
Gutzman was a featured expert in the documentary movies “John Marshall: Citizen, Statesman, Jurist” and “Nullification: The Rightful Remedy.”
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