Miracle At Philadelphia

The Story of the Constitutional Convention May - September 1787

Author: Catherine Drinker Bowen

Publisher: Back Bay Books

ISBN: 9780316103985

Category: Political Science

Page: 346

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A classic history of the Federal Convention at Philadelphia in 1787, the stormy, dramatic session that produced the most enduring of political documents: the Constitution of the United States. From Catherine Drinker Bowen, noted American biographer and National Book Award winner, comes the canonical account of the Constitutional Convention recommended as "required reading for every American." Looked at straight from the records, the Federal Convention is startlingly fresh and new, and Mrs. Bowen evokes it as if the reader were actually there, mingling with the delegates, hearing their arguments, witnessing a dramatic moment in history. Here is the fascinating record of the hot, sultry summer months of debate and decision when ideas clashed and tempers flared. Here is the country as it was then, described by contemporaries, by Berkshire farmers in Massachusetts, by Patrick Henry's Kentucky allies, by French and English travelers. Here, too, are the offstage voices--Thomas Jefferson and Tom Paine and John Adams from Europe. In all, fifty-five men attended; and in spite of the heat, in spite of clashing interests--the big states against the little, the slave states against the anti-slave states--in tension and anxiety that mounted week after week, they wrote out a working plan of government and put their signatures to it.
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Parallel Accords

The American Precedent

Author: Ronald Lampman Watts,Darrel Robert Reid,Dwight Herperger

Publisher: IIGR, Queen's University

ISBN: 0889115680

Category: Canada

Page: 70

View: 1935

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James Madison and the Making of America

Author: Kevin R. C. Gutzman

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1429941006

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 432

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In James Madison and the Making of America, historian Kevin Gutzman looks beyond the way James Madison is traditionally seen -- as "The Father of the Constitution" -- to find a more complex and sometimes contradictory portrait of this influential Founding Father and the ways in which he influenced the spirit of today's United States. Instead of an idealized portrait of Madison, Gutzman treats readers to the flesh-and-blood story of a man who often performed his founding deeds in spite of himself: Madison's fame rests on his participation in the writing of The Federalist Papers and his role in drafting the Bill of Rights and Constitution. Today, his contribution to those documents is largely misunderstood. He thought that the Bill of Rights was unnecessary and insisted that it not be included in the Constitution, a document he found entirely inadequate and predicted would soon fail. Madison helped to create the first American political party, the first party to call itself "Republican", but only after he had argued that political parties, in general, were harmful. Madison served as Secretary of State and then as President during the early years of the United States and the War of 1812; however, the American foreign policy he implemented in 1801-1817 ultimately resulted in the British burning down the Capitol and the White House. In so many ways, the contradictions both in Madison's thinking and in the way he governed foreshadowed the conflicted state of our Union now. His greatest legacy—the disestablishment of Virginia's state church and adoption of the libertarian Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom—is often omitted from discussion of his career. Yet, understanding the way in which Madison saw the relationship between the church and state is key to understanding the real man. Kevin Gutzman's James Madison and the Making of America promises to become the standard biography of our fourth President.
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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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American Government and Politics: Deliberation, Democracy and Citizenship, No Separate Policy Chapters, Election Update

Author: Joseph Bessette,John Pitney

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 0495905186

Category: Political Science

Page: 688

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This Election Update edition of Bessette/Pitney’s AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS: DELIBERATION, DEMOCRACY AND CITIZENSHIP, No Separate Policy chapter version, is complete with 2010 election information. Like its previous edition, the text has three underlying principles: Citizenship, History and Democracy. Via two unique chapters, authors Joseph Bessette and John Pitney, Jr. examine the way that civic culture shapes the country and take a close look at civic responsibility. Deliberative democracy ’the concept that political systems work best when informed citizens and public officials deliberate to identify and promote the common good ’ is considered throughout the text. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
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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

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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.
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The Political Languages of Emancipation in the British Caribbean and the U.S. South

Author: Demetrius L. Eudell

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 0807860123

Category: History

Page: 248

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This comparative study examines the emancipation process in the British Caribbean, particularly Jamaica, during the 1830s and in the United States, particularly South Carolina, during the 1860s. Analyzing the intellectual and ideological foundations of postslavery Anglo-America, Demetrius Eudell explores how former slaves, former slaveholders, and their societies' central governments understood and discussed slavery, emancipation, and the transition between the two. Eudell investigates the public policies--which addressed issues of labor control, access to land, and the general social behaviors of former slaves--used to execute emancipation. In both regions, government-appointed officials (special magistrates in Jamaica and agents of the Freedmen's Bureau in South Carolina) were crucial in implementing these policies. While many former slaves were fighting for the right to be paid for their labor and to own land, many officials came to view their role as part of a new civilizing mission whose goal was to eradicate the psychic damage supposedly caused by slavery. Eudell concludes by examining the 1865 Morant Bay rebellion in Jamaica and the retreat from Reconstruction in South Carolina, part of the larger movement of Redemption that occurred in 1877. Both of these occurrences represented the incomplete victory of emancipation, Eudell argues, and should provoke scholarly questions regarding the persistent thesis of U.S. exceptionalism.
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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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Why Are You Here?

A Primer for State Legislators and Citizens

Author: Franklin L. Kury

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 0761864636

Category: Political Science

Page: 86

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Why Are You Here?: A Primer for State Legislators and Citizens is a challenge to America’s 7,382 state legislators and their constituents to critically examine their state legislature and take appropriate action to improve it.
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