The Jeffersonians: The Visionary Presidencies of Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe

Join historian and bestselling author Kevin R. C. Gutzman for the 2023 Hazel and Fulton Chauncey Lecture on Wednesday, July 19, 2023 at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, 428 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220.

Before the consecutive two-term administrations of Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, there had only been one other trio of its type: Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe. Kevin R. C. Gutzman’s The Jeffersonians is a complete chronicle of the men, known as The Virginia Dynasty, who served as president from 1801 to 1825. The three close political allies were tightly related: Jefferson and Madison were the closest of friends, and Monroe was Jefferson’s former law student. Their achievements were many, including the founding of the opposition Republican Party in the 1790s, the Louisiana Purchase, and the call upon Congress in 1806 to use its constitutional power to ban the importation of enslaved people beginning on January 1, 1808. Gutzman’s new book details a time in America when three presidents worked toward common goals to face challenges and strengthen our republic in a way we rarely see in American politics today.

Kevin R. C. Gutzman is Professor of History at Western Connecticut State University and a faculty member at He has his law degree from the University of Texas Law School and his Ph.D. in American history from the University of Virginia. His books include Thomas Jefferson—RevolutionaryJames Madison and the Making of AmericaVirginia’s American RevolutionWho Killed the Constitution? (with Thomas Woods); and The Jeffersonians: The Visionary Presidencies of Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe.

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