On this week’s Thomas Jefferson Hour, we discuss gerrymandering, its origin, how it works in American politics today, and the potential effects it has on our democracy.
- Supreme Court of the United States: Oral Argument Transcript of Gill v. Whitford
- Founders Online: From Thomas Jefferson to Elbridge Gerry, 13 May 1797
- Founders Online: From Thomas Jefferson to Elbridge Gerry, 26 January 1799
- The Age of Federalism by Stanley Elkins and Eric McKitrick
"How do we discern the will of the people? Today we have scientific polls, social media, town hall meetings, and a much better and easier system of communication between politicians and their constituents, so that a worthy representative is in a better position to discern 'what the people want' than ever before."
Read this week's Jefferson Watch essay, "So You Want to Live in a Democracy."