Framed for Posterity

The Enduring Philosophy of the Constitution
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
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


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
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
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
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


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


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


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


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 Madisons at Montpelier

Reflections on the Founding Couple
Author: Ralph Ketcham
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
ISBN: 0813930472
Category: History
Page: 216
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Restored to its original splendor, Montpelier is now a national shrine, but before Montpelier became a place of study and tribute, it was a home. Often kept from it by the business of the young nation, James and Dolley Madison could finally take up permanent residence when they retired from Washington in 1817. Their lifelong friend Thomas Jefferson predicted that, at Montpelier, the retiring Madison could return to his "books and farm, to tranquility, and independence," that he would be released "from incessant labors, corroding anxieties, active enemies, and interested friends." As the celebrated historian Ralph Ketcham shows, this would turn out to be only partly true. Although the Madisons were no longer in Washington, Dolley continued to take part in its social scene from afar, dominating it just as she had during Jefferson’s and her husband’s administrations, commenting on people and events there and advising the multitude of young people who thought of her as the creator of society life in the young republic. James maintained a steady correspondence about public questions ranging from Native American affairs, slavery, and utopian reform to religion and education. He also took an active role at the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1829-30, in the defeat of nullification, and in the establishment of the University of Virginia, of which he was the rector for eight years after Jefferson’s death. Exploring Madison’s role in these post-presidential issues reveals a man of extraordinary intellectual vitality and helps us to better understand Madison’s political thought. His friendships with figures such as Jefferson, James Monroe, and the Marquis de Lafayette--as well as his assessment of them (he outlived them all)--shed valuable light on the nature of the republic they had all helped found. In their last years, James and Dolley Madison personified the republican institutions and culture of the new nation--James as the father of the Constitution and its chief propounder for nearly half a century, and Dolley as the creator of the role of "First Lady." Anything but uneventful, the retirement period at Montpelier should be seen as a crucial element in our understanding of this remarkable couple.

The Ohio Bulletin of Charities and Correction


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Charities
Page: N.A
View: 361

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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
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
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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Abraham Lincoln, constitutionalism, and equal rights in the Civil War era


Author: Herman Belz
Publisher: Fordham Univ Pr
ISBN: N.A
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 265
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This striking portrait of Abraham Lincoln found in this book is drawn entirely from the writing of his contemporaries and extends from his political beginnings in Springfield to his assassination. It reveals a more severely beleaguered, less godlike, and finally a richer Lincoln than has come through many of the biographies of Lincoln written at a distance after his death. To those who are familiar only with the various “retouched” versions of Lincoln’s life, Abraham Lincoln: A Press Portrait will be a welcome—if sometimes surprising—addition to the literature surrounding the man who is perhaps the central figure in all of American history. The brutality, indeed that malignancy of some of the treatment Lincoln received at the hands of the press may well shock those readers who believe the second half of the twentieth century has a monopoly on the journalism of insult, outrage, and indignation. That Lincoln acted with the calm and clarity he did under the barrage of such attacks can only enhance his stature as one of the great political leaders of any nation at any time.

The English Constitution


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.