Our Secret Constitution: How Lincoln Redefined American Democracy

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

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