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Unruly Americans and the origins of the Constitution

Woody Holton

1st ed.. 2007

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  • Title:
    Unruly Americans and the origins of the Constitution
  • Author: Woody Holton
  • Description: "Bricks without straw" : grievances -- fault is all your own" : rebuttals -- "To relieve the distressed" : demands -- "Save the people" : requisition -- "Who will call this justice?" : quarrels -- "Idle drones": economics -- fate of republican govt" : redemption -- revolution which ought to be glorious" : disenchantment -- murmuring underneath" : rebellion -- "Excess of democracy?" : reform -- house on fire" : credit -- "Divide et impera" : statecraft -- "More adequate to the purposes" : revenue -- "Take up the reins" : ratification -- "More productive and less oppressive" : taxes -- "As if impounded" : consolidation.
    "Bricks without straw" : grievances -- "The fault is all your own" : rebuttals -- "To relieve the distressed" : demands -- "Save the people" : requisition -- "Who will call this justice?" : quarrels -- "Idle drones": economics -- "The fate of republican govt" : redemption -- "A revolution which ought to be glorious" : disenchantment -- "A murmuring underneath" : rebellion -- "Excess of democracy" : reform -- "The house on fire": credit -- "Divide et impera" : statecraft -- "More adequate to the purposes" : revenue -- "Take up the reins" : ratification -- "More productive and less oppressive" : taxes -- "As if impounded" : consolidation.
    "Bricks without straw" : grievances -- "The fault is all your own" : rebuttals -- "To relieve the distressed" : demands -- "Save the people" : requisition -- "Who will call this justice?" : quarrels -- "Idle drones": economics -- "The fate of republican govt" : redemption -- "A revolution which ought to be glorious" : disenchantment -- "A murmuring underneath" : rebellion -- "Excess of democracy" : reform -- "The house on fire" : credit -- "Divide et impera" : statecraft -- "More adequate to the purposes" : revenue -- "Take up the reins" : ratification -- "More productive and less oppressive: : taxes -- "As if impounded" : consolidation.
    Woody Holton upends what we think we know of the Constitutions origins by telling the history of the average Americans who challenged the framers of the Constitution and forced on them the revisions that produced the document we now venerate. The framers who gathered in Philadelphia in 1787 were determined to reverse Americas postRevolutionary War slide into democracy. They believed too many middling Americans exercised too much influence over state and national policies. That the framers were only partially successful in curtailing citizen rights is due to the reaction, sometimes violent, of unruly average Americans. -- From publisher description.
  • Local Note: acq2010his
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang
  • Format: xi, 370 p. ; 24 cm.
  • Identifier: ISBN 9780809080618 (hardcover : alk. paper);ISBN 0809080613 (hardcover : alk. paper);ISBN 0809080613
  • Subjects: Constitutional history -- United States
  • Language: English
  • Source: 01DAL UDM ALMA

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