Our Secret Constitution: How Lincoln Redefined American Democracy
George P. Fletcher
american citizens hate and mistrust their executive. while, americans love and belief their executive. those contradictory attitudes are resolved through Fletcher's novel interpretation of constitutional historical past. He argues that we've got constitutions--still residing facet through side--one that caters to freedom and worry, the opposite that chuffed our wishes for defense and social justice.
the 1st structure got here into strength in 1789. It stresses freedom, voluntary organization, and republican elitism. the second one structure starts with the Gettysburg tackle and emphasizes equality, natural nationhood, and renowned democracy. those radical variations among our constitutions clarify our ambivalence and self-contradictory attitudes towards government.
With September eleven the second one constitution--which Fletcher calls the key Constitution--has turn into ascendant. whilst the US is lower than possibility, the kingdom cultivates its harmony. It overcomes its worry and appears to govt for defense and the pursuit of social justice. Lincoln's messages of a powerful govt and a country that needs to "long suffer" have by no means been extra correct to American politics.
"Fletcher's argument has interesting implications past the sweeping topic of this profoundly thought-provoking book."--The Denver Post
universal historical past and language constitutes a country, and the typical shape for the nation's survival was once in a country constitution. the concept american citizens constituted an natural nationwide unit defined, implicitly, why the 11 Southern states couldn't pass their very own manner. As he assumed the presidency, Lincoln nonetheless said the Union instead of a state; yet throughout the debates within the many years instantly previous, the thought of union had bought the metaphysical characteristics of nationhood. In.
Civil faith of the U.S.. they're greater identified than the preamble to the structure of 1787. allow us to pause and take a better glance. ... that this kingdom, less than God,... The invocation of the Divine signs a tremendous departure from the resolutely secular nature of the Philadelphia structure. The assertion of Independence itself many times refers back to the author. but, the structure of 1787 studiously avoids any note suggestive of an influence better than the desire of the folks. The.
contains bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-19-514142-3 (cloth) ISBN 0-19-515628-5 (pbk.) 1. Lincoln, Abraham, 1809—1865—Political and social perspectives. 2. Constitutional history—United States. three. Constitutional amendments—United States. four. usa structure. 13—15th Amendments. five. United States—Politics and government—1861—1865. I. name. E457.2.F57 2001 320.1'0973'09034—dc21 00-057495 135798642 revealed within the usa on acid-free paper In reminiscence of 2.
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