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Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitutionby Jack N. Rakove
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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