Shays' troops are repulsed from the armory at Springfield, Massachusetts in early 1787.

The publication of the Jefferson–Madison correspondence is an event, for all who take a serious interest in American politics, that should have happened a long time ago. The letters have been available in older, separate editions of the works of the two founders, and also in the newer, critical editions of their “papers,” still far from completion, which are turned out, one volume at a time, with such agonizing slowness as to suggest an involuntary retentiveness in the editors. But here, suddenly, are three beautiful volumes all at once, and of the whole correspondence. They are a credit to both editor and...


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