The Blessings of Liberty

A Concise History of the Constitution of the United States


Author: Michael Les Benedict

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442259930

Category: History

Page: 574

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This concise, accessible text provides students with a history of American constitutional development in the context of political, economic, and social change. Constitutional historian Michael Benedict stresses the role that the American people have played over time in defining the powers of government and the rights of individuals and minorities. He covers important trends and events in U.S. constitutional history, encompassing key Supreme Court and lower-court cases. The volume begins by discussing the English and colonial origins of American constitutionalism. Following an analysis of the American Revolution's meaning to constitutional history, the text traces the Constitution's evolution from the Early Republic to the present day. This third edition is updated to include the election of 2000, the Tea Party and the rise of popular constitutionalism, and the rise of judicial supremacy as seen in cases such as Citizens United, the Affordable Care Act, and gay marriage.

To Secure the Blessings of Liberty

First Principles of the Constitution


Author: Sarah Baumgartner Thurow

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 9780819167767

Category: Law

Page: 331

View: 2452

Focuses on the essential character of a democratic-republican constitution as it has taken shape in America and considers the fundamental principles of Constitutional government.

To Secure the Blessings of Liberty


Author: Karen Supak,Sandy Yost

Publisher: America Star Books

ISBN: 9781462693962

Category: Education

Page: 44

View: 8037

Just as the cafeteria plan on your paycheck has nothing to do with food, the new TEA Party Movement has nothing to do with tea. Many rumors, myths, and innuendos surround the Movement. In To Secure the Blessings of Liberty, we have endeavored to dispel these and put to paper a concise history of the original Tea Party and current motivations for the new TEA Party. Our directed audiences are busy people, that are economically strapped, and the 18-26 set, who need to be better informed of our national history. Since the Movement was instrumental in the 2010 elections and promises to be a force in the 2012 elections, it is time that an average citizen understands the Movement's intentions as well as terms that affect their life on a daily basis, such as liberty, freedom, Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution of the United States of America.

The Blessings of liberty

bicentennial lectures at the National Archives


Author: Robert S. Peck,Ralph S. Pollock,American Bar Association. Commission on Public Understanding about the Law,National Archives Volunteers (U.S.). Constitution Study Group

Publisher: Amer Bar Assn


Category: Law

Page: 178

View: 1135

This work provides essays based on lectures given at the National Archives to celebrate the bicentenial of the U.S. Constitution.

To Secure the Blessings of Liberty

Selected Writings of Gouverneur Morris


Author: Gouverneur Morris

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780865978348

Category: History

Page: 677

View: 4565

Liberty Fund is pleased to present this single-volume collection of Gouverneur Morris's writings. This edition will be a welcome addition to scholars of American and French history as the volume contains many writings that have never before been published. Providing his unique perspective, this is a wonderful and accessible single source that illuminates the political and economic thought of Gouverneur Morris.

To Secure the Blessings of Liberty

Report of the National Commission on the Role and Future of the State Colleges and Universities


Author: American Association of State Colleges and Universities. National Commission on the Role and Future of State Colleges and Universities

Publisher: Amer Assn of State Colleges &


Category: Education, Higher

Page: 53

View: 3417

An educational "'Marshall Plan' form the States," targeted to strengthen public schools and colleges at all levels and in every region of the country, is called for to prepare the American people for life in the 21st century. A number of social, political, economic and educational conditions, including the rising dropout and illiteracy rates, especially among minority groups, the rising poverty-stricken underclass, and the impending shortage of teachers, are cited as "storm signals." The effort that is called for includes the following requirements: (1) by 2001, the number of American adults with a college degree should go from 19% to 35%; (2) state colleges and universities must assume the leadership role in producing one million additional public school teachers needed during the next decade; and (3) state colleges and universities should direct academic resources and priorities toward cooperation with public schools and community colleges to reduce the high school dropout rate by 50% over 10 years. The report is presented in six chapters: "A Word to the American People,""Regarding Public Higher Education and Democratic Values,""Regarding Educational Opportunity in the United States,""Regarding Higher Education and Economic Development,""Regarding American Higher Education in an Interdependent World," and "A Word to State Colleges and Universities." Six appendices are provided: a list of the members of the Commission, a summary of conclusions and recommendations by chapter, background of the report, a listing of Commission staff, a summary of topics discussed at the regional seminars, and 23 references. A map foldout showing the locations of the nation's state colleges and universities is also provided. (KM)

Slavery and Its Consequences

The Constitution, Equality, and Race


Author: Robert A. Goldwin,Art Kaufman

Publisher: American Enterprise Institute

ISBN: 9780844736501

Category: Social Science

Page: 181

View: 3850

This book discusses the institution of slavery and how it relates to the Constitution.

The Actor's Book of Monologues for Women


Author: Various

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101173904

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 352

View: 2878

A diverse collection of monologues featuring the voices of women through the ages Drawn from poetry, fiction, diaries, journals, and documents of public record, these selections, although not originally intended for theatrical or cinematic performances, offer unique dramatic opportunities for actors, speakers, students, or anyone interested in women’s studies. Stefan Rudnicki has brought together selections from well-known as well as obscure authors, providing a tremendous range of women’s perspectives from a variety of sources: poems by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Emily Dickinson, Christina Rossetti, and Sappho, among others; passages from Mary Shelley’s journal, the diaries of Anais Nin, and the memoirs of Isadora Duncan; polemics from Mary Wollstonecraft and Joan of Arc, as well as Susan B. Anthony’s “On Woman’s Right to Suffrage”; and selections from the novels of Emily and Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austen, Ursula K. LeGuin, and others.

The Blessings of the Sixth Year

A Sermon Preach'd Before the Queen, At Saint James's Chappel, Saturday the Eighth of March, 1706/1707


Author: William (of Carlisle.)

Publisher: N.A



Page: 16

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Is the United States Worth Saving?

For a more perfect union!


Author: Charles W. Thompson

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1483624846

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 156

View: 4902

The book’s premise spells out the dangers which our republic has encountered and how the 21st century presents new hurdles to surmount and reclaim our democracy. The author focuses on 10 conditions which have eroded representative government and offers proposals to cement public control over government. Among the problems there has been a slow, insidious alteration in methods for the selection of representatives which are encapsulated in the words “gerrymandered electoral districts” and “representatives for sale.” Results of this condition are legal breaks, tax loopholes and regulatory exemptions favoring a few. This problem is exacerbated by the public’s disenchantment with politics. Added to the problem are growing trends in our social mores which reveals more attention to “good times” than social obligations of citizenship and reflected in the low voting rates of eligible voters. The author points out how history repeats itself and how internal divisiveness destroys national unity. Stressed throughout the book is the vital nature for universal education and how the vast wealth of intellectual ability in our nation has been overlooked. The book also points out the difficulty for people to realize how vastly different the 21st century is when compared only to the lives of our great-grandfathers. The growth of multinational corporations and the rise of “State Capitalism” alters concepts of free competitive enterprise which faces daunting challenges for survival. The growth of our nation and the free movement of people have resulted in nearly one in three Americans living in four states but our representative system is still tied to 1789. Significant suggestions are also proffered to protect the independence of our judiciary. The author offers several proposals for consideration to redeem and enhance our republic; why our governmental units, federal, state, county and city must be aligned to achieve our purpose to improve and protect the human condition and liberty. A significant point is made of the importance of our experiment in democracy for the world.

The Promises of Liberty

The History and Contemporary Relevance of the Thirteenth Amendment


Author: Alexander Tsesis

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231520131

Category: History

Page: 448

View: 9093

In these original essays, America's leading historians and legal scholars reassess the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment and its relevance to issues of liberty, justice, and equality. The Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States, reasserting the radical, egalitarian dimensions of the Constitution. It also laid the foundations for future civil rights and social justice legislation. Yet subsequent reinterpretation and misappropriation have curbed more substantive change. With constitutional jurisprudence undergoing a revival, The Promises of Liberty provides a full portrait of the Thirteenth Amendment and its potential for ensuring liberty. The collection begins with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Brion Davis, who discusses the failure of the Thirteenth Amendment to achieve its framers' objectives. The next piece, by Alexander Tsesis, provides a detailed account of the Amendment's revolutionary character. James M. McPherson, another Pulitzer recipient, recounts the influence of abolitionists on the ratification process, and Paul Finkelman focuses on who freed the slaves and President Lincoln's commitment to ending slavery. Michael Vorenberg revisits the nineteenth century's understanding of freedom and citizenship and the Amendment's surprisingly small role in the Reconstruction and post-Reconstruction periods. William M. Wiecek shows how the Supreme Court's narrow interpretation once rendered the guarantee of freedom nearly illusory, and the collection's third Pulitzer Prize winner, David M. Oshinsky, explains how peonage undermined the prohibition against compulsory service. Subsequent essays relate the Thirteenth Amendment to congressional authority, hate crimes legislation, the labor movement, and immigrant rights. These chapters analyze unique features of the amendment along with its elusive meanings and affirm its power to reform criminal and immigration law, affirmative action policies, and the protection of civil liberties.

The Concept of Liberty in the Age of the American Revolution


Author: John Phillip Reid

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226708966

Category: Political Science

Page: 224

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"Liberty was the most cherished right possessed by English-speaking people in the eighteenth century. It was both an ideal for the guidance of governors and a standard with which to measure the constitutionality of government; both a cause of the American Revolution and a purpose for drafting the United States Constitution; both an inheritance from Great Britain and a reason republican common lawyers continued to study the law of England." As John Philip Reid goes on to make clear, "liberty" did not mean to the eighteenth-century mind what it means today. In the twentieth century, we take for granted certain rights—such as freedom of speech and freedom of the press—with which the state is forbidden to interfere. To the revolutionary generation, liberty was preserved by curbing its excesses. The concept of liberty taught not what the individual was free to do but what the rule of law permitted. Ultimately, liberty was law—the rule of law and the legalism of custom. The British constitution was the charter of liberty because it provided for the rule of law. Drawing on an impressive command of the original materials, Reid traces the eighteenth-century notion of liberty to its source in the English common law. He goes on to show how previously problematic arguments involving the related concepts of licentiousness, slavery, arbitrary power, and property can also be fit into the common-law tradition. Throughout, he focuses on what liberty meant to the people who commented on and attempted to influence public affairs on both sides of the Atlantic. He shows the depth of pride in liberty—English liberty—that pervaded the age, and he also shows the extent—unmatched in any other era or among any other people—to which liberty both guided and motivated political and constitutional action.

Festschrift für Wolfgang Zeidler


Author: Walther Fürst,Roman Herzog,Dieter C. Umbach

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9783110110579

Category: Constitutional courts

Page: 1999

View: 6149