Colonial origins of the American Constitution

a documentary history

Author: Donald S. Lutz

Publisher: Liberty Fund Inc.

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 396

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This landmark collection of eighty documents created by the American colonists--and not English officials--is the genesis of American fundamental law and constitutionalism. Included are all documents attempting to unite the colonies, beginning with the New England Confederation of 1643.
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The Origins of the American Constitution

a documentary history

Author: Michael G. Kammen

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

ISBN: 9780140087444

Category: History

Page: 407

View: 1333

Describes the evolution of the American Constitution by analyzing material from state constitutions, the Articles of Confederation, the Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers, and the personal correspondence of Convention delegates
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The Origins of the Necessary and Proper Clause

Author: Gary Lawson,Geoffrey P. Miller,Robert G. Natelson,Guy I. Seidman

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139489844

Category: Law

Page: N.A

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The Necessary and Proper Clause is one of the most important parts of the US Constitution. Today this short thirty-nine-word paragraph is cited as the legal foundation for much of the modern federal government. Through three independent lines of research, the authors trace the lineage of the Necessary and Proper Clause to the everyday law of the Founding Era - the same law that American founders such as Madison, Hamilton, and Washington applied in their daily lives. Origins of the Necessary and Proper Clause are found in law-governing agencies, public administration, and corporations. Moreover, all of those areas were undergirded by common principles of fiduciary responsibility - reflecting the Founders' view that a public office is truly a public trust. This explains the choice of language in the clause and provides clues about its meaning. This book thus serves as a reference source for scholars seeking to understand the intellectual foundations of one of the Constitution's most important clauses.
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The Revolutionary Constitution

Author: David J. Bodenhamer

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019991303X

Category: History

Page: 296

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The framers of the Constitution chose their words carefully when they wrote of a more perfect union--not absolutely perfect, but with room for improvement. Indeed, we no longer operate under the same Constitution as that ratified in 1788, or even the one completed by the Bill of Rights in 1791--because we are no longer the same nation. In The Revolutionary Constitution, David J. Bodenhamer provides a comprehensive new look at America's basic law, integrating the latest legal scholarship with historical context to highlight how it has evolved over time. The Constitution, he notes, was the product of the first modern revolution, and revolutions are, by definition, moments when the past shifts toward an unfamiliar future, one radically different from what was foreseen only a brief time earlier. In seeking to balance power and liberty, the framers established a structure that would allow future generations to continually readjust the scale. Bodenhamer explores this dynamic through seven major constitutional themes: federalism, balance of powers, property, representation, equality, rights, and security. With each, he takes a historical approach, following their changes over time. For example, the framers wrote multiple protections for property rights into the Constitution in response to actions by state governments after the Revolution. But twentieth-century courts--and Congress--redefined property rights through measures such as zoning and the designation of historical landmarks (diminishing their commercial value) in response to the needs of a modern economy. The framers anticipated just such a future reworking of their own compromises between liberty and power. With up-to-the-minute legal expertise and a broad grasp of the social and political context, this book is a tour de force of Constitutional history and analysis.
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Principles of Constitutional Design

Author: Donald S. Lutz

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139460552

Category: Political Science

Page: N.A

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This book is written for anyone, anywhere sitting down to write a constitution. The book is designed to be educative for even those not engaged directly in constitutional design but who would like to come to a better understanding of the nature and problems of constitutionalism and its fundamental building blocks - especially popular sovereignty and the separation of powers. Rather than a 'how-to-do-it' book that explains what to do in the sense of where one should end up, it instead explains where to begin - how to go about thinking about constitutions and constitutional design before sitting down to write anything. Still, it is possible, using the detailed indexes found in the book, to determine the level of popular sovereignty one has designed into a proposed constitution and how to balance it with an approximate, appropriate level of separation of powers to enhance long-term stability.
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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

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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.
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One Nation Under God?

An Evangelical Critique of Christian America

Author: John D. Wilsey

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630876321

Category: Religion

Page: 226

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Is America a Christian nation? This question has loomed large in American culture since the Puritans arrived on American shores in the early seventeenth century. More recently, the Christian America thesis has been advocated by many evangelical leaders across the denominational spectrum. This book contributes to the conversation by critiquing, from an evangelical perspective, the idea that America is a Christian nation as articulated by specific writers over the past three decades. Wilsey asserts that the United States was not conceived as a Christian nation, but as a nation with religious liberty. Herein lies the genius of the Founders and the uniqueness of America.
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Understanding the Constitution

Author: Henry Conserva

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781463413781

Category: Political Science

Page: 216

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Understanding the Constitution has been primarily designed for secondary school students of United States history and government. The book’s usefulness extends to immigrants taking citizenship courses as well as adult general readers. The text includes informative essays, charts, graphs, twenty-five lessons, quizzes, examinations, topic locator, glossary, copies of the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution of the United States, as well as a selected bibliography. This work represents a much needed exploration of a subject essential in the education of all Americans. About the Author Henry T. Conserva has taught in the public schools of California for over fifty years. He has been a curriculum specialist in social studies for the San Francisco Unified School District and has taught student teachers at San Francisco State University. He has done postgraduate study at Tel Aviv University in Israel and at Harvard’s Japan Institute. He is the author of Earth Tales, Propaganda Techniques, Tips for Teachers and the Illustrated Dictionary of Physical Geography.
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Documents of American Democracy

A Collection of Essential Works

Author: Roger L. Kemp

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786456744

Category: Political Science

Page: 250

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This reference work presents 27 key documents from the historic origins of the United States government through its subsequent expansion and evolution. The book is divided into five sections, the first of which is an introductory essay about American democracy. Section II includes three documents that laid the foundation for America’s government: the Magna Carta, the 1628 Petition of Right, and England’s Bill of Rights. The third section presents 13 core documents, such as the Mayflower Compact, the Virginia Declaration of Rights, the Articles of Confederation, the U.S. Constitution, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Section IV provides 11 documents of America’s territorial expansion, from the Treaty of Paris through the Louisiana Purchase Treaty and the Alaska Treaty and Hawaii Resolution. The final section is an essay about the future of democracy. There are 12 useful appendices.
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The Bill of Rights and the States

The Colonial and Revolutionary Origins of American Liberties

Author: Patrick T. Conley,U.S. Constitution Council of the Thirteen Original States

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780945612292

Category: History

Page: 542

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Fourteen individual state essays elucidate the complexitites of local and regional interests that shaped the debate over individual rights and the eventual adoption of the Bill of Rights.
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Liberalism, Constitutionalism, and Democracy

Author: Russell Hardin

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191037400

Category: Political Science

Page: 400

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In his ground-breaking book, the leading political philosopher Russell Hardin develops a new theory of liberal constitutional democracy. Arguing against the standard consensus theories, the author shows how social co-ordination on limited, sociological mutual advantage lies at the heart of liberal constitutionalism when it works to produce stable government. The book argues that liberalism, constitutionalism, and democracy are co-ordination theories. They work only in societies in which co-ordination of the important power groups for mutual advantage is feasible. It then goes on to examine and interpret the US constitution as motivated centrally by the concern with creating a government to enable commerce. In addition, the book addresses the nature of the problems that the newly democratic, newly market-oriented states face. The analysis of constitutionalism is based on its workability, not on its intrinsic, normative, or universal appeals. Hardin argues, similarly, there are harsh limits on the possibilities of democracy. In general, democracy works only on the margins of great issues. Indeed, it is inherently a device for regulating marginal political conflicts.
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The United States Constitution

Its History, Bill of Rights, and Amendments

Author: Karen Faye Judson

Publisher: Enslow Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 9780766040670

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 104

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Learn about the history and the events that led to first Constitution of the United States, and how it's been revised and amended since then.
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The Federalist

With Letters of Brutus

Author: Alexander Hamilton,James Madison,John Jay

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521001212

Category: History

Page: 575

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The Federalist represents one side of one of the most momentous political debates ever conducted: whether to ratify, or to reject, the newly-drafted American constitution. This authoritative new edition presents in full all eighty-five Federalist papers, along with the sixteen letters of 'Brutus', the unknown New York Antifederalist. Each is systematically cross-referenced to the other, and both to the appended Articles of Confederation and US Constitution. Terence Ball provides all the standard series editorial features, making this the most accessible rendition ever of a classic of political thought in action.
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Constitutional Debates on Freedom of Religion

A Documentary History

Author: John J. Patrick,Gerald P. Long

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313301407

Category: History

Page: 335

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Traces the history and development of the debate over the separation of religion and government in the United States through a collection of primary documents.
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Toward A More Perfect Union

Six Essays on the Constitution

Author: Neil L. York

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780887069260

Category: Political Science

Page: 188

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Toward a More Perfect Union is the last of a three-volume series examining the Constitution—as it was drafted and ratified, and the uses made of it over the past two hundred years. Each volume includes essays first presented at conferences on the Bicentennial of the Constitution held at Brigham Young University in 1985, 1986, and 1987, and several additional essays written especially for these anthologies.
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The Origin and Growth of the American Constitution

An Historical Treatise in which the Documentary Evidence as to the Making of the Entirely New Plan of Federal Government Embodied in the Existing Constitution of the United States Is, for the First Time, Set Forth as a Complete and Consistent Whole

Author: Hannis Taylor

Publisher: Fred B Rothman & Company

ISBN: 9780837726779

Category: Law

Page: 676

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In the light of the real facts as attested by documents, an attempt has been made herein to outline, with frequent elaborations, the origin & growth of the American Constitution in such a way as to enable every American citizen, layman as well as lawyer, to read within the narrow limits the entire history of the wonderful Constitution under which he lives-Preface.
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Revolutionary America, 1763-1815

A Political History

Author: Francis D. Cogliano

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135891478

Category: History

Page: 336

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Revolutionary America explains the crucial events in the history of the United States between 1763 and 1815, when settlers of North America rebelled against British rule, won their independence in a long and bloody struggle, and created an enduring republic. Now in its second edition, Revolutionary America has been completely revised, updating the strengths of the previous edition. New features include: New introduction for the second edition. New chapter on Native Americans. Revised and expanded bibliographic essay. Updated historiography throughout the text. Companion Website with study aids, maps, and documentary resources. Revolutionary America also examines those who were excluded from the immediate benefits and rights secured by the creation of the new republic. In particular, author Francis D. Cogliano describes the experiences of women, Native Americans, and African Americans, each of whose experiences challenged the principle that "all men are created equal," which lay at the heart of the American Revolution. Placing the political revolution at the core of the story, Revolutionary America presents a clear history of the War of Independence, and lays a distinctive foundation for students and scholars of the Early Republic. For additional information and classroom resources please visit the Revolutionary America companion website at www.routledge.com/textbooks/revolutionaryamerica.
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The Constitution

A Documentary and Narrative History

Author: Page Smith

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Constitutional history

Page: 564

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Examines the origins and growth of the Constitution and discusses its functions in American life.
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The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution

Constitutional Documents and Records, 1776-1787

Author: Merrill Jensen

Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society

ISBN: 9780870201530

Category: History

Page: 391

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The inaugural volume in the series, Constitutional Documents and Records 1776-1787 is an introduction to the issues that underlie the ratification struggle that followed. Some of the men who debated the ratification of the Constitution had been debating issues of balance of power between a central government and state or colonial governments since the beginning of the disputes that led to the Declaration of Independence. The continuity of men and issues is illustrated in the documents contained in the volume, and provide an essential background to the Constitution.
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