MIA: Encyclopedia of Marxism: Glossary of Terms
The Jacobins were the leaders of the French bourgeois revolution of 1789-93. The term is now used to refer to the radical democratic-revolutionary traditions of struggle of the bourgeois democratic movement against tyranny. Jacobinism was the first international revolutionary movement, having inspired the supporters of American politician, Thomas Jefferson. His supporters organized “Jacobin Clubs” to support his candidacy for President of the United States in the early 19th Century.