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Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of 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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Traces the development of the Constitution, showing how the document's language had different meanings for different groups and how those differences affect today's issues, from abortion to homosexual marriage. Reprint.

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What did the U.S. Constitution originally mean, and who has comprehended its meaning best? Jack Rakove, professor of history at Stanford University, now approaches the debates surrounding the framing and ratification of the Constitution from the vantage point of history, examining the personal influences the various framers, especially James Madison, exerted over the process.

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Table of Contents

The perils of originalism. — The road to Philadelphia. — The Madisonian moment. — The politics of constitution-making. — The concept of ratification. — Debating the Constitution. — Federalism. — The mirror of representation. — Creating the presidency. — Rights. — Madison and the origins of originalism.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307434517
Subtitle:
Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Author:
Rakove, Jack N.
Author:
Jack N. Rakove
Subject:
History : United States - General
Subject:
Political Science : General
Subject:
Constitutional history
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Constitutional
Subject:
Constitutional law -- United States.
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Constitutions
Subject:
Constitutional law
Subject:
General
Subject:
Civil Procedure
Subject:
United States Constitutional history.
Subject:
United States Constitutional law.
Subject:
Audio Books-US History
Subject:
Law | Constitutional Law
Subject:
US History-19th Century
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Subject:
US History-Documents
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
19970527
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
464

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History and Social Science » Law » Constitutional Law
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » US History » 19th Century
History and Social Science » US History » General
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Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution
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Product details 464 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307434517 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Traces the development of the Constitution, showing how the document's language had different meanings for different groups and how those differences affect today's issues, from abortion to homosexual marriage. Reprint.
"Synopsis" by , What did the U.S. Constitution originally mean, and who has comprehended its meaning best? Jack Rakove, professor of history at Stanford University, now approaches the debates surrounding the framing and ratification of the Constitution from the vantage point of history, examining the personal influences the various framers, especially James Madison, exerted over the process.

From the Hardcover edition.

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