Framed for Posterity

The Enduring Philosophy of the Constitution

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Author: Ralph Louis Ketcham

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Law

Page: 195

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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).

James Madison

Philosopher, Founder, and Statesman

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Author: John R. Vile,William D. Pederson,Frank J. Williams

Publisher: Ohio University Press

ISBN: 0821418319

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 302

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James Madison: Philosopher, Founder, and Statesman presents fresh scholarship on the philosophical statesman who served as the nation’s fourth president and who is often called both the father of the U.S. Constitution and the father of the Bill of Rights. These essays by historians and political scientists from the United States and abroad focus on six distinct aspects of Madison’s life and work: his personality and development as a statesman; his work at the Constitutional Convention of 1787 and contributions to larger constitutional design; his advocacy for the adoption of the Bill of Rights; his controversial role as a party leader; his presidency; and his life after leaving office. James Madison continues to be regarded as one of America’s great political theorists, a man who devoted his life to, and who found fulfill- ment in, public service. His philosophical contributions remain vital to any understanding of the modern American polity. This book will be of great interest to political scientists and theorists, as well as to historians of early American history and politics.

Social and Political Foundations of Constitutions

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Author: Denis J. Galligan,Mila Versteeg

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107032881

Category: Law

Page: 694

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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.

The Writing and Ratification of the U.S. Constitution

Practical Virtue in Action

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Author: John R. Vile

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442217685

Category: History

Page: 265

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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.

America's Beginnings

The Dramatic Events that Shaped a Nation's Character

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Author: Tony J. Williams

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 1442204893

Category: History

Page: 208

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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 constitution of public philosophy

toward a synthesis of freedom and responsibility in postmodern America

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Author: E. Robert Statham

Publisher: Univ Pr of Amer

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 182

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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

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Author: Mississippi Valley Historical Association,Organization of American Historians

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Computers

Page: N.A

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George Washington and American constitutionalism

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Author: Glenn A. Phelps

Publisher: Univ Pr of Kansas

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 245

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"Indispensable to understanding Washington and the history and government he helped make". -- Richard B. Bernstein in Constitution.

The Presidency of James Monroe

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Author: Noble E. Cunningham

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 246

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Noble Cunningham's history of the fifth presidency (1817-1825) shows a young nation beset by growing pains and led by a cautious politician who had neither the learning nor the intellect of Jefferson or Madison but whose actions strengthened both the United States and the presidency itself. Cunningham makes clear that the mislabeled "era of good feelings" had more than its share of crises, including those resulting from revolutions in Latin America, Spanish possession of Florida, the depression of 1819, and the controversy over slavery in Missouri. Monroe, he shows, successfully defused these potentially explosive situations, most notably by negotiating the 1820 Missouri Compromise and announcing in 1823 what came to be known as the Monroe Doctrine, a document that still guides American policy in the Western hemisphere. Cunningham effectively places these actions within the context of Monroe's life and times and sheds new light on the inner workings of his cabinet and his relations with Congress. In addition, he features the prominent roles of two future presidents: John Quincy Adams as secretary of state and Andrew Jackson as the controversial general whose actions in the Seminole War created a headache for the administration.

The Legislative Journal

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Author: Pennsylvania. General Assembly

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Legislative journals

Page: N.A

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Includes extraordinary and special sesions as well as appendices consisting of reports of various State officials or agencies.

The Ohio Bulletin of Charities and Correction

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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Charities

Page: N.A

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Includes Proceedings of the Ohio Welfare Conference and the Convention of Infirmary Officials of the Ohio; Reports of the Board of State Charities, and the Childrens Welfare Department of Ohio.

Democracy, bureaucracy, and character

founding thought

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Author: William D. Richardson

Publisher: Univ Pr of Kansas

ISBN: N.A

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 201

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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.

New South Wales Constitution Bill

The Speeches, in the Legtislative Council of New South Wales, on the Second Reading of the Bill for Framing a New Constitution for the Colony

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Author: New South Wales. Parliament. Legislative Council

Publisher: Sydney [N.S.W.] : T. Daniel

ISBN: N.A

Category: Constitutions

Page: 232

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The English Constitution

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Author: Walter Bagehot

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: N.A

Category: Constitutional history

Page: 348

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There is a great difficulty in the way of a writer who attempts to sketch a living Constitution-a Constitution that is in actual work and power. The difficulty is that the object is in constant change. An historical writer does not feel this difficulty: he deals only with the past; he can say definitely, the Constitution worked in such and such a manner in the year at which he begins, and in a manner in such and such respects different in the year at which he ends; he begins with a definite point of time and ends with one also. But a contemporary writer who tries to paint what is before him is puzzled and a perplexed: what he sees is changing daily. He must paint it as it stood at some one time, or else he will be putting side by side in his representations things which never were contemporaneous in reality.

The Framers' Coup

The Making of the United States Constitution

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Author: Michael J. Klarman

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190612215

Category: History

Page: 865

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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.