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Thomas Jefferson and the Constitution
Thomas Jefferson and the Constitution

AIR DATE: September 20, 2011

When we hear the words of Thomas Jefferson at all, we usually hear "All men are created equal ...." Jefferson is also a favorite of the Tea Party because his Democratic-Republican Party wanted to shrink the national debt and cut government spending after President George Washington and his Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton had taken an expansive view of the federal government's powers in the 1790s. Historian David Konig is lecturing at UNLV on Monday night to celebrate Constitution Day. His research shows that Jefferson is more complicated than the usual anti-debt, small government figure he is usually portrayed.
David Konig, Prof of Law and History, Washington University

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