The Basic Symbols of the American Political Tradition
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: The Catholic University of America Press
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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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Preface to This Edition
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...than twenty-five years ago. At that time it attracted some noto riety because neither its approach nor its interpretations read ily fit into any of the major schools of thought dealing with the concerning the roots of our political beliefs and institutions. political tradition also aroused controversy. Briefly stated, this ...
Preface to the Original Edition
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...can political tradition. These lectures, five in all, have been would be suitable for a book. I readily agreed to this undertak that they would be suitable for book form. I have tried to make friends and collaborators who spent the better part of our time the American tradition), the last four chapters are best read as ...
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...book was inspired by his critique. Professor James McClellan of Press, for his patience and understanding in the initial phases Press. She set me straight on matters of punctuation, spelling, tents. All, in their own way, must bear some part of the respon ...
I. What Is Traditional Amongst Us?
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...recently as fifteen years ago. Indeed, nobody could have chosen things politically was a traditional set of political principles or political beliefs that Americans; back over the decades, had sion arose to do so. Hence, the task of identifying and spelling cherish our political principles, and our duty to see to it that ...
II. In the Beginning: The Mayflower Compact
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...in self-interpretation by a political society, and (c) see what Having done this we will be in a position to see if there is any tion are themselves continuous as a part of this tradition. This tively simple as well as non-controversial, we will for this pur not, is that the first words of the Compact, that is, the first ...
III. Political Order: The Connecticut and Massachusetts Experiences
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...bols, albeit in a more or less differentiated form? The answer, presumably, all agree, to which all, symbolically at least, are it is capable of merely tacit evocation. Put otherwise: The fact one another, is already taken as a matter of course; the signers, at this stage, have only to fill in the terms, without bothering ...
IV. Rights and the Virginia Declaration
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American political tradition as, that is, the official literature setts Body of Liberties, that is to say, we take a jump of nearly a a change in people's self-interpretation, unless, of course, it has found itself content, more or less, with the self-interpreta tion it started out with. One thing has changed, certainly, and ...
V. The Declaration of Independence: A Derailment?
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...licly the severing of those "bands" that had, until July 4, 1776, of higher learning, there is no pretense as of this moment that pants felt the colonies should be regarded as one? The thirteen 1 We use as our test the Declaration as reproduced in Poore, I, l~. word "unanimous" in this connection is also revealing. It clear ...
VI. Constitutional Morality and The Federalist
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...resents an attempt to justify the Constitution in the strongest together is of a different order: The Constitution, while speci 1 All Federalist quotations are from Jacob E. Cooke (ed.) The Federalist, 2 Kendall and Carey, Intro., The Federalist (New Rochelle: Arlington House, 1965) . In this introduction we set forth at some length the reasons for ...
VII. The Tradition and the Bill of Rights
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...fined as the first ten amendments to our Constitution. The offi cialliterature, as we might well expect, has already taken great speaking, fit "hand in glove." More exactly, the Bill of Rights follows in the "spirit" of the Declaration by asserting individ found in the official literature upon which such an estimate of ...
VIII. Derailment and the Modern Crisis
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...early years of the Republic and the Civil War. This is precisely large, in the average college classrooms across the nation, it is under the spell of the "progressivists" is an intriguing matter. thing it chooses to do. But all of this is surely not true. Ours possessing the last say as a matter of constitutional theory, al-...
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Page Count: 196
Publication Year: 2012