Roots of the Republic: American Founding Documents Interpreted

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1990 - 464 էջ
Roots of the Republic shows how the Constitution was a product, not simply of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, but of a legal and philosophical tradition almost two centuries old. The editors have selected eighteen key documents in the development of that tradition and reproduced them with essays that explain what they mean, why they were written, and why they are important today. Each key document is accompanied by an interpretive essay written by a contemporary scholar. These essays focus on the importance of each frame of government and include commentaries on why they are meaningful today. Intended to help readers learn how to read and understand these documents, the book is also a handy reference and a strong introduction to the development of political thought and the debates surrounding the formation of the state governments and the federal union.
 

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Introduction
1
The Mayflower Compact 1620
17
The Fundamental Orders of Connecticut 1639
24
The Ten Farms Covenant 1665
36
The New York Charter of Liberties 1683 and 1691
47
The New York City Charter 1686
83
The Albany Plan of Union 1754
106
John Adamss Thoughts on Government 1776
118
The Articles of Confederation 1781
227
The Northwest Ordinance 1787
249
The United States Constitution 1787
266
The Federalist on Federalism 17871788
291
The Federalist on Energetic Government 17871788
335
Antifederalist Essays and Speeches 17871788
381
The Bill of Rights 1791
423
Thomas Jeffersons Letter to Roger D Weightman 1826
441

The Declaration of Independence 1776
138
The Virginia Declaration of Rights and Constitution 1776
150
The New York State Constitution 1777
166
The Massachusetts Constitution 1780
188
Catalog of American Founding Documents
449
Index
455
Contributors
463
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Stephen L. Schechter served as director of the New York Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution from 1986 to 1990. He is currently Professor of Political Science and director of the Council for Citizenship Education at Russell Sage College. He is editor or co-editor of Context of the Bill of Rights, The Reluctant Pillar, and World of the Founders.

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