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To form a more perfect Union : the critical ideas of the Constitution /
edited by Herman Belz, Ronald Hoffman, and Peter J. Albert.
Charlottesville : Published for the United States Capitol Historical Society by the University Press of Virginia, 1992.
xvi, 371 p. ; 24 cm. --
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Charlottesville : Published for the United States Capitol Historical Society by the University Press of Virginia, 1992.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1992-12:
As one would expect, the celebration of the US Bicentennial has generated an impressive number of monographs and collections; collections alone include Essays on Liberty and Federalism: The Shaping of the U.S. Constitution ed. by David Narrett & Joyce Goldenberg (1988); The Framing and Ratification of the Constitution ed. by Leonard Levy & Dennis Mahoney (1987); The United States Constitution: 200 Years of Anti-Federalist, Abolitionist, Feminist, Muckraking, Progressive and Especially Socialist Criticisms ed. by Bertell Ollman and Jonathan Birnbaum (1990); Ratifying the Constitution ed. by Michael Gillespie and Michael Lienesch (CH, Jan'90); Constitutionalism in America ed. by Sarah Thurow (2 v., 1988). This new collection focuses on the political theories and philosophies of governance that informed the minds of those who created the Constitution. The essays are of uniformly high quality, illuminating and stimulating. Taken collectively, they epitomize the current state of scholarship on the philosophy of the Constitution. The collection most resembles, and compares favorably with, v. 1 of Constitutionalism in America entitled To Secure the Blessings of Liberty: First Principles of the Constitution ed. by S. Thurow (CH, Dec'88). Advanced undergraduate through faculty. P. J. Galie; Canisius College
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Table of Contents
Fundamental Values, the Founding Fathers, and the Constitutionp. 1
The Protection of Property in the Origins and Development of the American Constitutionp. 38
The Individualist Foundations of American Constitutionalismp. 73
John Adams and the French Critics of the Constitutionp. 107
The Political Philosophy of the Constitutionp. 134
The Discourse of Politics in 1787: The Constitution and Its Critics on Individualism, Community, and the Statep. 166
The Constitution and Character: The Missing Critical Principle?p. 217
Facing Up to the Foundingp. 250
Anarchy and the Crisis of the Unionp. 272
Ideas in Conflict: Political Strategy and Intellectual Advantage in the Federal Conventionp. 303
Contributorsp. 359
Indexp. 363
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