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In eleven provocative essays Forrest McDonald and his wife, Ellen Shapiro McDonald, cover a wide range of the intellectual, political, military, and social history of the eighteenth century to present both a picture of the age in which our Constitution was crafted and commentary on developments that have caused American government to stray from the Founders’ principles.

Appearing here in print for the first time is Forrest McDonald’s widely acclaimed 1987 NEH Jefferson lecture, “The Intellectual World of the Founding Fathers.” In other essays the McDonalds examine such topics as the writing of the Constitution, the central role of such littleknown Founders as John Dickinson (“the most underrated of all the Founders”), and the constitutional principles of Alexander Hamilton. Also presented is an exploration of the ritualistic aspects of eighteenthcentury warfare and an analysis of Shays’ Rebellion as a tax revolt. In chapters focusing on the separation of powers, the political economy, and the death of federalism, the McDonalds argue the urgent need to “return to limited government under law.”

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  1. Front Cover
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  1. Half Title
  2. pp. i-ii
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  1. Title Page
  2. p. iii
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-xii
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  1. 1 The Intellectual World of the Founding Fathers
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. 2 A New Order for the Ages: The Making of the United States Constitution
  2. pp. 23-38
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  1. 3 Eighteenth-Century Warfare as a Cultural Ritual
  2. pp. 39-58
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  1. 4 On the Late Disturbances in Massachusetts
  2. pp. 59-84
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  1. 5 John Dickinson and the Constitution
  2. pp. 85-104
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  1. 6 Ne Philosophis Audiamus: The Middle Delegates in the Constitutional Convention
  2. pp. 105-126
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  1. 7 The Constitutional Principles of Alexander Hamilton
  2. pp. 127-148
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  1. 8 The Constitution and the Separation of Powers
  2. pp. 149-164
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  1. 9 The Presidencies of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson
  2. pp. 165-182
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  1. 10 Capitalism and the Constitution
  2. pp. 183-194
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  1. 11 Federalism in America: An Obituary
  2. pp. 195-206
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 207-218
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780700631100
Related ISBN(s)
9780700603701
MARC Record
OCLC
1289916869
Pages
232
Launched on MUSE
2022-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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