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From abortion to same-sex marriage, today's most urgent political debates will hinge on one question: What did the United States Constitution originally mean and who understands its meaning best? In Original Meanings, Jack N. Rakove chronicles the Constitution from inception to ratification and in so doing traces its complex weave of ideology and interest, showing us how that document meant different things to different groups of Americans at different moments of its creation.

Whether he is reopening the issues that the Constitution's framers tried to solve or reanimating the personalities of George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison, Rakove writes lucidly, incisively, and with an eye fixed on the contraversies that continue to rage around the Constitution.

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From abortion to same-sex marriage, today's most urgent political debates will hinge on this two-part question: What did the United States Constitution originally mean and who now understands its meaning best? Rakove chronicles the Constitution from inception to ratification and, in doing so, traces its complex weave of ideology and interest, showing how this document has meant different things at different times to different groups of Americans.

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A beautifully written and deeply argued account of the ideas and politics that shaped the writing of the Constitution.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679781219
Author:
Rakove, Jack N.
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Author:
Rakove, Jack N.
Author:
Rakove, Jack
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Civil Procedure
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Constitutional
Subject:
Constitutional history
Subject:
Constitutions
Subject:
Constitutional law
Subject:
Constitutional law -- United States.
Subject:
United States Constitutional history.
Subject:
United States Constitutional law.
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Subject:
US History-General
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
19970531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
8.04x5.17x.98 in. .72 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , From abortion to same-sex marriage, today's most urgent political debates will hinge on this two-part question: What did the United States Constitution originally mean and who now understands its meaning best? Rakove chronicles the Constitution from inception to ratification and, in doing so, traces its complex weave of ideology and interest, showing how this document has meant different things at different times to different groups of Americans.
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