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The Resource The Bill of Rights : the fight to secure America's liberties, Carol Berkin

The Bill of Rights : the fight to secure America's liberties, Carol Berkin

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The Bill of Rights : the fight to secure America's liberties
Title
The Bill of Rights
Title remainder
the fight to secure America's liberties
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Carol Berkin
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eng
Summary
  • Describes how the Bill of Rights came into existence, detailing how the Founders argued over the contents of the document, reflecting an ideological divide between the power of the federal versus state governments that still exists to this day
  • Those who argue that the Bill of Rights reflects the Founding Fathers' "original intent" are wrong. The Bill of Rights was actually a brilliant political act executed by James Madison to preserve the Constitution, the federal government, and the latter's authority over the states. In the skilled hands of award-winning historian Carol Berkin, the story of the Founders' fight over the Bill of Rights comes alive in a drama full of partisanship, clashing egos, and cunning manipulation. In 1789, the young nation faced a great ideological divide around a question still unanswered today: should broad power and authority reside in the federal government or should it reside in state governments? The Bill of Rights, from protecting religious freedom and the people's right to bear arms to reserving unenumerated rights to the states, was a political ploy first and a matter of principle second. The truth of how and why Madison came to devise this plan, the divisive debates it caused in the Congress, and its ultimate success in defeating Antifederalist counterplans is more engrossing than any of the myths that shroud our national beginnings. By pulling back the curtain on the political, short-sighted, and self-interested intentions of the Founding Fathers in passing the first ten amendments, Berkin reveals the anxiety many felt that the new federal government might not survive---and shows that the true "original intent" of the Bill of Rights was simply to oppose the Antifederalists who hoped to diminish the government's powers.--Adapted from book jacket
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Berkin, Carol
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no index present
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non fiction
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  • United States.
  • Civil rights
  • Constitutional history
  • Madison, James
  • Madison, James
  • Civil rights
  • Constitutional history
  • United States
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The Bill of Rights : the fight to secure America's liberties, Carol Berkin
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
259 pages
Isbn
9781476743806
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2014012843
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)876370954
Label
The Bill of Rights : the fight to secure America's liberties, Carol Berkin
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
259 pages
Isbn
9781476743806
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2014012843
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)876370954

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