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The Constitutional Convention

Author : James Madison
ISBN : 9780307789204
Genre : History
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In 1787, the American union was in disarray. The incompatible demands of the separate states threatened its existence; some states were even in danger of turning into the kind of tyranny they had so recently deposed. A truly national government was needed, one that could raise money, regulate commerce, and defend the states against foreign threats–without becoming as overbearing as England. So thirty-six-year-old James Madison believed. That summer, the Virginian was instrumental in organizing the Constitutional Convention, in which one of the world’s greatest documents would be debated, created, and signed. Inspired by a sense of history in the making, he kept the most extensive notes of any attendee.Now two esteemed scholars have made these minutes accessible to everyone. Presented with modern punctuation and spelling, judicious cuts, and helpful notes–plus fascinating background information on every delegate and an overview of the tumultuous times–here is the great drama of how the Constitution came to be, from the opening statements to the final votes. This Modern Library Paperback Classic also includes an Introduction and appendices from the authors. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Die Amerikanische Revolution

Author : Michael Hochgeschwender
ISBN : 9783406654435
Genre : History
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Wer die USA verstehen will, muss zu ihrem Ursprungsmythos zurückgehen: zur Amerikanischen Revolution. Mit der Boston Tea Party begann 1763 der Aufstand gegen die britische Kolonialherrschaft. Die Geburt der amerikanischen Nation erfolgte in zähen Schlachten. Sie sah menschliche Abgründe an Verrat und Grausamkeit, aber auch selbstlose Heldentaten und die hehren Ideale der Unabhängigkeitserklärung vom 4. Juli 1776. Erst im britisch-amerikanischen Krieg von 1812 bis 1815 fand sie ihren Abschluss. Michael Hochgeschwender erzählt diese dramatische Geschichte und zeichnet ein neues Bild der Revolution, das auch die Perspektive der Briten berücksichtigt. Geschichte wird meist aus der Perspektive der Sieger geschrieben. Wer etwa Mel Gibson dem Monumentalepos „The Patriot“ britische Soldaten hinschlachten sieht, für den ist klar, dass freiheitsliebende Helden despotischen Besatzern gegenüberstanden. Doch tatsächlich war die Geschichte komplizierter. Nicht wenige der späteren Amerikaner hielten zu den Briten. Auch für die schwarzen Sklaven waren sie nicht selten die bessere Wahl. Und den Aufständischen ging es nicht nur um universalistische Ideale, sondern auch um ganz handfeste wirtschaftliche Interessen, wie etwa den Schmuggel oder den Raub von Indianerland. Doch die Amerikanische Revolution weckte auch Hoffnungen, die bis heute nichts von ihrer Strahlkraft verloren haben. Schon bei ihrer Geburt hat die amerikanische Nation der Welt ein Janusgesicht gezeigt, das ihre Politik bis heute prägt.

A Republic No More

Author : Jay Cost
ISBN : 9781594038686
Genre : Political Science
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After the Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin was asked, “Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?” Franklin’s response: “A Republic—if you can keep it.” This book argues: we couldn’t keep it. A true republic privileges the common interest above the special interests. To do this, our Constitution established an elaborate system of checks and balances that disperses power among the branches of government, which it places in conflict with one another. The Framers believed that this would keep grasping, covetous factions from acquiring enough power to dominate government. Instead, only the people would rule. Proper institutional design is essential to this system. Each branch must manage responsibly the powers it is granted, as well as rebuke the other branches when they go astray. This is where subsequent generations have run into trouble: we have overloaded our government with more power than it can handle. The Constitution’s checks and balances have broken down because the institutions created in 1787 cannot exercise responsibly the powers of our sprawling, immense twenty-first-century government. The result is the triumph of special interests over the common interest. James Madison called this factionalism. We know it as political corruption. Corruption today is so widespread that our government is not really a republic, but rather a special interest democracy. Everybody may participate, yes, but the contours of public policy depend not so much on the common good, as on the push-and-pull of the various interest groups encamped in Washington, DC.

Books On Early American History And Culture 2001 2005 An Annotated Bibliography

Author : Raymond D. Irwin
ISBN : 9781440829222
Genre : History
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This volume offers a complete listing and description of books published on early America between 2001 and 2005. • The book is organized thematically to facilitate research • Extensive author indexes and guides to important works for the time period are provided • The most important books in each subject (e.g., gender, politics) are enumerated based on frequency of citation

Guide To Congress

Author : CQ Press
ISBN : 9781452235325
Genre : Political Science
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The new edition of this comprehensive, two-volume reference has been thoroughly revised and expanded by expert CQ Press writers—with years of experience covering Congress—to offer a complete institutional history of Congress along with updated insight and analysis on the 2008 and 2010 shifts in power of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105064159796
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Public Library Core Collection

Author : John Greenfieldt
ISBN : 0824210948
Genre : Public libraries
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Wie Man Ein Buch Liest

Author : Mortimer Jerome Adler
ISBN : 3861509296
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Eine Geschichte Des Amerikanischen Volkes

Author : Howard Zinn
ISBN : 3868201920
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Paideia

Author : Werner Jaeger
ISBN : 3110038005
Genre : Education, Greek
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