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The Framers Coup

Author : Michael J. Klarman
ISBN : 9780199942039
Genre : Constitutional history
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Americans revere their Constitution. However, most of us are unaware how tumultuous and improbable the drafting and ratification processes were. As Benjamin Franklin keenly observed, any assembly of men bring with them "all their prejudices, their passions, their errors of opinion, their local interests and their selfish views." One need not deny that the Framers had good intentions in order to believe that they also had interests. Based on prodigious research and told largely through the voices of the participants, Michael Klarman's The Framers' Coup narrates how the Framers' clashing interests shaped the Constitution--and American history itself. The Philadelphia convention could easily have been a failure, and the risk of collapse was always present. Had the convention dissolved, any number of adverse outcomes could have resulted, including civil war or a reversion to monarchy. Not only does Klarman capture the knife's-edge atmosphere of the convention, he populates his narrative with riveting and colorful stories: the rebellion of debtor farmers in Massachusetts; George Washington's uncertainty about whether to attend; Gunning Bedford's threat to turn to a European prince if the small states were denied equal representation in the Senate; slave staters' threats to take their marbles and go home if denied representation for their slaves; Hamilton's quasi-monarchist speech to the convention; and Patrick Henry's herculean efforts to defeat the Constitution in Virginia through demagoguery and conspiracy theories. The Framers' Coup is more than a compendium of great stories, however, and the powerful arguments that feature throughout will reshape our understanding of the nation's founding. Simply put, the Constitutional Convention almost didn't happen, and once it happened, it almost failed. And, even after the convention succeeded, the Constitution it produced almost failed to be ratified. Just as importantly, the Constitution was hardly the product of philosophical reflections by brilliant, disinterested statesmen, but rather ordinary interest group politics. Multiple conflicting interests had a say, from creditors and debtors to city dwellers and backwoodsmen. The upper class overwhelmingly supported the Constitution; many working class colonists were more dubious. Slave states and nonslave states had different perspectives on how well the Constitution served their interests. Ultimately, both the Constitution's content and its ratification process raise troubling questions about democratic legitimacy. The Federalists were eager to avoid full-fledged democratic deliberation over the Constitution, and the document that was ratified was stacked in favor of their preferences. And in terms of substance, the Constitution was a significant departure from the more democratic state constitutions of the 1770s. Definitive and authoritative, The Framers' Coup explains why the Framers preferred such a constitution and how they managed to persuade the country to adopt it. We have lived with the consequences, both positive and negative, ever since.

Understanding The United States Constitution 1787 1987

Author : Joyce Oldham Appleby
ISBN : STANFORD:36105040856366
Genre : United States. Constitution
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Original Intent And The Framers Constitution

Author : Leonard Williams Levy
ISBN : PSU:000044648954
Genre : History
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An examination of constitutional law and its landmark cases argues that the basis of constitutional jurisprudence lies in judicial activism, or continual reinterpretation of the Constitution, not in "original intent."

John Stuart Mill

Author : Richard Reeves
ISBN : 9781782397137
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A young activist and highly-educated Cambridge Union debater, Mill would become in time the highest-ranked English thinker of the nineteenth century, the author of the landmark essay On Liberty and one of the most passionate reformers and advocates of his revolutionary, opinionated age. As a journalist he fired off a weekly article on Irish land reform as the people of that nation starved, as an MP he introduced the first vote on women's suffrage, fought to preserve free-speech and opposed slavery, and, in his private life, pursued for two decades a love affair with another man's wife. To understand Mill and his contribution, Richard Reeves explores his life and work in tandem. His book is a riveting and authoritative biography of a man raised to promote happiness, whose life was spent in the pursuit of truth and liberty for all.

The Ordinance Making Powers Of The President Of The United States Baltimore 1925

Author : James Hart
ISBN : UOM:39015039648228
Genre : Executive power
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Presidential Government In The United States

Author : Caleb Perry Patterson
ISBN : UOM:39015002977257
Genre : Cabinet system
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Dangers of the increase in executive power within the U.S. government, and a proposal for a constitutional change providing for a responsible cabinet government.

The Framing And Ratification Of The Constitution

Author : Leonard Williams Levy
ISBN : UOM:39015006597556
Genre : History
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Essays discuss the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, the Constitutional convention, slavery, the separation of powers, and the Bill of Rights.

Encyclopedia Of The American Constitution

Author : Leonard Williams Levy
ISBN : 0029186102
Genre : Political Science
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Constitutional Opinions

Author : Leonard W. Levy
ISBN : UOM:39015011909283
Genre : Civil rights
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Leonard Levy, whose Origins of the Fifth Amendment received the 1969 Pulitzer Prize in American History, is widely recognized as one of our nation's preeminent constitutional historians. This book brings together his essays--four never before published--written over the past two decades. Although this collection spans the entire course of American history, Levy focuses primarily on colonial America and the Constitutional period. His essays cover a broad range of subjects, including free speech in the 17th century, John Liburne and the rights of the English, Quaker blasphemy and toleration, the Zenger case, the First and Ffifth Amendments, Jefferson as civil libertarian, and judicial activism. Levy's previously unpublished works offer new discussions of the history of our Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the establishment clause of the First Amendment, and the right against self-incrimination.

Public Administration

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