About the Instructor

Joe Wolverton

Despite the many interesting career paths he has taken, Joe Wolverton believes he was born to be a teacher.

Joe began his teaching career as a professor of American government at the high school and college level, quickly becoming a popular professor with a talent for making difficult subjects simple and dull subjects exciting.

While a professor at Chattanooga State, Joe was chosen as professor of the semester four times in a row by students in the Department of Social Sciences.

Upon returning from a full-time church mission to Mexico City, Joe earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science at Brigham Young University. After college, Joe returned home to Memphis, Tennessee to attend law school. He earned his Juris Doctorate in 2001 and practiced law as a constitutional attorney until 2009.

In 2009, Joe continued educating people about the principles of liberty, only this time as a writer for The New American magazine and as a public speaker. Joe traveled nationwide sharing the truth about the role of morality and individual responsibility in free societies. His articles still appear regularly in numerous national and international publications. 

Today and for the past two decades, Joe has committed himself to sharing timeless principles of liberty with young men and women and helping them use their new knowledge in becoming friends of freedom and defenders of the Constitution. 

As part of that undertaking, Joe’s biography of James Madison (The Real James Madison) was published in July 2018 and his book on Madison’s warnings to future Americans in Federalist 46 (“What Degree of Madness?”) was published in January 2020.

Most recently, his book The Founders Recipe was published in August 2020 and Hoe considers this book his most important and is the key to the Founders Recipe class he created.

The latest and likely most important aspect of Joe’s mission to restore liberty to our country is his creation of a class known as “The Founders Recipe.”

The Founders Recipe class invites people to drink from the same sweet fountain of wisdom from which the Founding Fathers drank so deeply.

Using a study of nearly 150,000 writings, letters, diaries, sermons, and other documents written by the most prominent members of the Founding Generation during the years 1760-1805, students read selections from the 37 books cited most often by our Founding Fathers in their papers.

The class is called the Founders Recipe because if you once taste a delicious cake and you want so much to eat that cake again, all you need to do is find the recipe, use the listed ingredients in the indicated amounts, and in the indicated ways. While your cake might not taste exactly like the original, it’ll undoubtedly be very similar and very satisfying!

Simply put, we must read what the Founders read if we expect to do what the Founders did. We have the recipe, we can follow it, we can “make a Madison.” For decades, our educational system has claimed to be teaching the truth of our history, but, to continue the recipe analogy, they’ve been substituting salt for sugar and we, the people, are left wondering why the “cake” doesn’t taste as delicious as the one we were promised was being baked for us.

A person completing this class will know not only what is in the Constitution, but he will know why our Founders included those things in that document. This knowledge is a powerful tool in the hands of someone committed to repairing our republic.