Letters and Politics

Fear of a Populist Thomas Jefferson and the Creation of the Federal Judiciary System

Fearful of an incoming President Thomas Jefferson, outgoing President John Adams in his last month in office helped create the U.S. federal judicial system, in part, as a check against Jefferson’s power. Arguably the battle between the Federalists and Democratic-Republicans in the early days of the nation makes today’s political battle appear tame. We dive into this story as well as the story of Jefferson’s nemesis and second cousin, John Marshall, who would go on to shape the Supreme Court. Our guest is Joel Richard Paul, professor of law at the University of California Hastings Law School in San Francisco and author of the book Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times.

Guest: Joel Richard Paul, professor of constitutional and international law at the University of California Hastings Law School in San Francisco and author of the book Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times.

 

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