Federalist No. 10
The right to property is rooted in the right we have to the free use of our own mind and talents, which it is government’s job to protect.
March 29, 1792
Madison wrote this newspaper article to explain the relationship between property rights and other natural rights.
Vanhorne’s Lessee v. Dorrance
This early Supreme Court case shows the importance of the right to property in the minds of the Founders.
Thomas Jefferson to Joseph Milligan
April 6, 1816
Jefferson affirms that the main purpose of society is to enable human beings to keep the fruits of their labor.
Speech in New Haven, Connecticut
March 6, 1860
Slavery is a denial of the right to property, because the slave is not permitted to keep the fruits of his own labor, and he is not allowed to strike or quit his job.