The American Founding: Essays on the Formation of the Constitution

The American Founding: Essays on the Formation of the Constitution

The American Founding: Essays on the Formation of the Constitution

The American Founding: Essays on the Formation of the Constitution

Synopsis

Published to commemorate the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution, this volume represents a unique combination of scholarship in the areas of political thought and political history. The papers collected herein examine the founding of the Republic from both perspectives, analyzing its intellectual sources within Western thought, its political context, and the complex relationships between the two. Written by a distinguished group of political scientists and historians that includes two Pulitzer Prize winners, the essays vividly portray the statesmanship of the Founding Fathers and the continuing impact of their legacy, the Constitution.

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J. Jackson Barlow andKen Masugi

The United States is a nation whose political institutions owe a unique debt to philosophy. The practice of American politics is thoroughly informed by its theory, particularly in its Founding. Although not all of the contributors to this volume would necessarily agree with this formulation, each adds to its comprehension.

The editors have prepared this volume with the explicit intention of helping to commemorate the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution, whose celebration extends from 1987 to 1991. Speaking of the Fourth of July, Abraham Lincoln once declared that such celebrations make us "feel more attached the one to the other, and more firmly bound to the country we inhabit." As this volume shows, one does not abandon the objective realm of scholarship for having had such a practical effect. In this volume the historians attempt to understand the American Founders as they understood themselves, and the political scientists seek guidance from the past as a means of judging how we Americans are to act at present. Such a mixture of talents for the sake of this public purpose has been the object of the Bicentennial projects of The Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy and of Public Research, Syndicated, from which most of these essays have been drawn. Neither of these projects would have been possible without the generous support of the Special Initiative for the Bicentennial of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Particular thanks are due to the Earhart Foundation for its support of the editorial work in putting this volume together.

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