A Necessary Evil: A History of American Distrust of Government / Edition 1

A Necessary Evil: A History of American Distrust of Government / Edition 1

by Garry Wills
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0684870266

ISBN-13: 9780684870267

Pub. Date: 02/28/2002

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

In A Necessary Evil, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Garry Wills shows that distrust of government is embedded deep in the American psyche. From the revolt of the colonies against king and parliament to present-day tax revolts, militia movements, and debates about term limits, Wills shows that American antigovernment sentiment is based on a fundamental

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In A Necessary Evil, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Garry Wills shows that distrust of government is embedded deep in the American psyche. From the revolt of the colonies against king and parliament to present-day tax revolts, militia movements, and debates about term limits, Wills shows that American antigovernment sentiment is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of our history. By debunking some of our fondest myths about the Founding Fathers, the Constitution, and the taming of the frontier, Wills shows us how our tendency to hold our elected government in disdain is misguided.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780684870267
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
02/28/2002
Edition description:
First Touchstone Edition
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
778,539
Product dimensions:
5.54(w) x 8.55(h) x 0.89(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Key to Brief Citations

Introduction

I. Revolutionary Myths

1. Minutemen

2. Term Limits

II. Constitutional Myths

3. Sovereign States

4. Checking Efficiency

5. Co-equal Branches

6. The Uses of Faction

7. Bill of Rights

8. No Standing Army

III. Nullifiers

9. John Taylor of Caroline: Father of Nullification

10. Jefferson: Prophet of Nullification

11. Madison: Abettor of Nullification

12. Nullification North: Hartford Convention

13. Nullification South: John C. Calhoun

14. Academic Nullifiers

IV. Seceders

15. Civil War

V. Insurrectionists

16. From Daniel Shays to Timothy McVeigh

17. Academic Insurrectionists

VI. Vigilantes

18. Groups: From Regulators to Clinic Bombings

19. Individuals: Frontier

20. Individuals: NRA

VII. Withdrawers

21. Individuals: From Thoreau to Mencken

22. Groups: From Brook Farm to Hippie Communes

VIII. Disobeyers

23. From Dr. King to SDS

IX. A Necessary Good

24. The Uses of Government

25. The Uses of Fear

Conclusion

Notes

Index

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