Framed for Posterity

The Enduring Philosophy of the Constitution


Author: Ralph Louis Ketcham

Publisher: N.A


Category: Law

Page: 195

View: 1507

Ketcham delves not only into the meaning of the documents but also into the connotations of the framers' vocabulary, the reasoning behind both accepted and rejected propositions, arguments for and against, and unstated assumptions. In his analysis, the fundamental or enduring principles are republicanism, liberty, public good, and federalism (as part of the broader doctrine of balance of powers).

Social and Political Foundations of Constitutions


Author: Denis J. Galligan,Mila Versteeg

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107032881

Category: Law

Page: 694

View: 9510

This volume explores the social and political forces behind constitution making from a global perspective. It combines leading theoretical perspectives on the social and political foundations of constitutions with a range of in-depth case studies on constitution making in nineteen countries. The result is an examination of constitutions as social phenomena and their interaction with other social phenomena, from various perspectives in the social sciences.

America's Beginnings

The Dramatic Events that Shaped a Nation's Character


Author: Tony J. Williams

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 1442204893

Category: History

Page: 208

View: 5806

At a time when surveys reveal that Americans know less and less about our past, Tony Williams provides entertaining and informative descriptions of 50 of the most important and dramatic events from the colonial and Revolutionary period—some known and some forgotten—from the Mayflower Compact to the Annapolis Convention. Published in association with The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, America's Beginnings takes the reader throughout the American colonies and introduces many leading figures, from John Smith and John Winthrop to the Founding Fathers. Along the way, Williams examines the principles that led colonists to come to America and succeeding generations to become a free and independent nation. Read individually or from cover to cover, these stories illuminate the founding principles and heroic struggles that established the country and shaped the American character.

The Writing and Ratification of the U.S. Constitution

Practical Virtue in Action


Author: John R. Vile

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442217685

Category: History

Page: 265

View: 8647

Offers insight into the issues and virtues that shaped the Constitution's framers, and situates the development of the document in its historical context while summarizing the debates on each issue that occurred at the Constitutional Convention.

The constitution of public philosophy

toward a synthesis of freedom and responsibility in postmodern America


Author: E. Robert Statham

Publisher: Univ Pr of Amer


Category: History

Page: 182

View: 1158

America, and the postmodern West in particular, are experiencing a moral and intellectual crisis, according to E. Robert Statham, Jr. In The Constitution of Public Philosophy, Statham argues that Walter Lippman was correct in locating this crisis in the impoverished nature of public philosophy, and he attempts to constitute a role for reason in contemporary America. Statham suggests that the negative rule of law via a written constitution requires the positive rule of reason, or political philosophy, in order to flourish.

Journal of American history


Author: Mississippi Valley Historical Association,Organization of American Historians

Publisher: N.A


Category: Computers

Page: N.A

View: 1978

American Government

Political Change and Institutional Development


Author: Calvin C. Jillson

Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780534643263

Category: Political Science

Page: 516

View: 2490

This textbook presents the political principles and constitutional foundations of American politics, describes the political parties and major institutions that make up the national government, and overviews the domestic and international policy issues and opportunities facing the United States.

The Politics of Truth and Other Untimely Essays

The Crisis of Civic Consciousness


Author: Ellis Sandoz

Publisher: N.A


Category: Philosophy

Page: 235

View: 3617

A fascinating collection of studies, The Politics of Truth and Other Untimely Essays explores the historical and theoretical underpinnings of personal liberty and free government and provides a trenchant analysis of the crisis of civic consciousness endangering both of them today. The book addresses a range of issues in contemporary political philosophy and constitutional theory. These are seen to be all the more urgent in importance because of the surging aspirations for liberty in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet empire and the post-Cold War anomaly of crisis, malaise, and disarray in free government itself in America and in other bastions of modern democracy. While each essay can stand alone, there is an underlying thematic unity to the collection. The fundamental problem considered throughout is whether and to what extent the fall of communism may mark an epoch in world history. These questions are applied to the East Central European nations struggling to achieve free government and personal liberty. The elements required to identify the preconditions of liberty are addressed and specific attention is given to the terms of institutionalization in the American founding. Several essays focus on American political thought, with emphasis on the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Two elements, in particular, are treated: the jurisprudential and common law background to the American political tradition and the centrality of religion within the unfolding of the American political experiment. Sandoz explores the uncommon alliance of philosophers, statesmen, and evangelists during the nation's founding. This alliance, nurturing communities of persons bound together by their faith and a mutual regard for one another, played a vital role in the establishment of the system of freedom under law. Sandoz sees the tension between religion and natural law as a constant in the human struggle for freedom. That the preservation of liberty under law is no easy task is acknowledged and addressed as it can be seen in the American founding, in the post-communist struggle of East Central Europe, and in the deepening contemporary crisis of American society. Anyone interested in the "politics" of "truth" will appreciate this volume.

American Constitutional Development: The powers of government


Author: Richard S. Randall

Publisher: Longman Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780801320194

Category: Law

Page: 656

View: 6356

This volume examines constitutional law in a unique, developmental framework that shows how key events through American history have shaped the Supreme Court's understanding of the Constitution. Places unique emphasis on the political, economic, social and developmental aspects of the Supreme Court's constitutional decisions. The book examines the great issues and events of government and politics in the early, middle, and modern constitutions, how they have shaped the Supreme Court's understanding of the Constitution, and how the distributive consequences of that understanding, in turn, affect American political life. For those who are interested in the American constitution.

Democracy, bureaucracy, and character

founding thought


Author: William D. Richardson

Publisher: Univ Pr of Kansas


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 201

View: 9756

Most American citizens are quick to criticize federal bureaucracy for its size and inefficiency. They assume it has exceeded the intent of our nation's founders; yet men like James Madison and Alexander Hamilton knew that good public administrators were essential to good government.

Democracy Under Pressure

An Introduction to the American Political System


Author: Milton C. Cummings, Jr.,David Wise

Publisher: Harcourt College Pub

ISBN: 9780155054233

Category: Political Science

Page: 720

View: 2959

Brief Democracy Under Press


Author: Cummings

Publisher: Harcourt Brace Professional Pub

ISBN: 9780155081710

Category: Political Science

Page: N.A

View: 1986

The Oxford guide to the United States government


Author: John J. Patrick,Richard M. Pious,Donald A. Ritchie

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195142730

Category: History

Page: 802

View: 1113

Entries offer profiles of United States presidents, vice presidents, Supreme Court justices, and other significant figures, and information on elections, legislation, Supreme Court decisions, and major issues.

The Constitutional Convention of 1787

A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of America's Founding


Author: John R. Vile

Publisher: Abc-clio

ISBN: 9781851096695

Category: History

Page: 1009

View: 7342

The pivotal moment in the formation of the United States - The Constitutional Convention - featured battles among factions, compromise between ideologies, and disagreements that nearly derailed the enterprise. The product was a document that still stands as the guide to governing a representative democracy. This impressive encyclopedia shows in detail the lively, contentious, four-month process that produced the foundation of this country. Powerful personalities and powerful ideas formed the Constitution. This work brings the people to life and shows how they brought into being one of the most important documents in history. Drawing on original sources and a wealth of secondary works, the 350 A-Z entries and dozens of sidebars in this encyclopedia present the first-ever comprehensive treatment of all aspects of the Constitutional Convention.

Law Books in Print

Books in English Published Throughout the World and in Print Through 1993


Author: Nicholas Triffin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780878020447

Category: Law

Page: N.A

View: 7902