James Monroe and American Military Policy: A Lifetime of Connection and Growing Advocacy for a Standing Army
The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography
A year after the “Revolution of 1800,” when Republicans won the presidency from the centralizing Federalists, James Monroe affirmed republican antagonism toward standing armies, while recognizing the imperative of national defense. Indeed, he appeared to consider military service an almost compulsory duty: “Freemen should never rely on others for the protection of an interest, for which they are personally responsible, and from which they have no right to shrink. . . .
WATSON, SAMUEL J. “James Monroe and American Military Policy: A Lifetime of Connection and Growing Advocacy for a Standing Army.” The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 128, no. 1 (2020): 2–43. https://www.jstor.org/stable/26878494.