Declaring Rights: A Brief History with Documents / Edition 1

Declaring Rights: A Brief History with Documents / Edition 1

by Jack Rakove
     
 

ISBN-10: 0312137346

ISBN-13: 9780312137342

Pub. Date: 10/15/1997

Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

Ideal for introducing students to the conception and development of the Bill of Rights, this concise volume examines the Federalists' and Anti-Federalists' struggle over amending the Constitution while highlighting the relevance their debates have for modern-day issues. Rakove's lively narrative begins with a study of American roots in English common law, examines

Overview

Ideal for introducing students to the conception and development of the Bill of Rights, this concise volume examines the Federalists' and Anti-Federalists' struggle over amending the Constitution while highlighting the relevance their debates have for modern-day issues. Rakove's lively narrative begins with a study of American roots in English common law, examines the heated discourse and thoughtful deliberation of the founders, and culminates with a close look at the evolution of rights distinctly American. Interspersed throughout are 25 primary documents - including letters, declarations, newspaper editorials, and debates - that embody and contextualize the issues. Also included are extensive gloss notes, a chronology, questions for consideration, a bibliography, and an index.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312137342
Publisher:
Bedford/St. Martin's
Publication date:
10/15/1997
Series:
Bedford Cultural Editions Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
217
Sales rank:
521,806
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.32(h) x 0.36(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface

Introduction: Rights across the Centuries

PART ONE: RIGHTS IN REVOLUTION

1. The Seventeenth-Century Background
English Precedents
American Precedents

2. Puzzels about Rights
Defining a Right
The Holders of Rights
The Threat to Rights
The Sources of Rights
The Form and Function of a Declaration of Rights
The Popularity of Rights-Talk

3. The Colonists' Appeal to Rights

4. The Legacy of 1689
Constraining the King
1. Convention Parliment, Declaration of Rights, February 12, 1688 o.s.

5. Rights in Resistance
Challenging the Stamp Act
2. Resolutions of the House of Representatives of Massachusetts, October 29, 1765
Disputing the American Claim
3. Martin Howard,Jr., A Letter from a Gentleman at Halifax (1765)
Consitutional Rights in the British Tradition
4. John Adams, The Earl of Clarendon to William Pym, January 27, 1766
Declarations of Rights as Instruments of Negotiation
5. Contintental Congress, Declaration and Resolves, October 14, 1774

6. Rights in the First Constitutions
Constitutions: A New Definition
6. Four Letters on Interesting Subjects, 1776
Populist Suspicions
7. Resolutions of Concord, Massachusetts, October 21, 1776
Declaring Rights: The First Models
8. Thomas Jefferson, Third Draft of a Constitution for Virginia, Part IV, June 1776
9. Virginia Provincial Convention, Committee Draft of a Declaration of Rights, May 27, 1776
10. Pennsylvania Convention, Declaration of Rights, 1776
Massachusetts: A Final Example
11. A Declaration of the Rights of the Inhabitants of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1780
A Legislative Milestone
12. Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, 1786

PART TWO: THE CONSTITUTION AND RIGHTS

7. Madison and the Problem of Rights

8. Framing the Constitution

9. The Basic Positions Stated
A First Try at Amendments
13. Richard Henry Lee, Amendments Proposed to Congress, September 27, 1787
A Crucial Federalist Response
14. James Wilson, Statehouse Speech, October 6, 1787

10. The Anti-Federalist Case
The Traditional Position Restated
15. Brutus, Second Essay Opposing the Constitution, November 1, 1787
Rights and the Education of Citizens
16. Federal Farmer, Letter XVI, January 20, 1788

11. The Federalist Position
Can We Enumerate All Our Rights?
17. James Iredell, Speech in the North Carolina Ratification Convention, July 28, 1788

12. Madison and Jefferson: The Classic Exchange
Defending the Veto
18. James Madison, Letter to Thomas Jefferson, October 24, 1787
The View From Paris
19. Thomas Jefferson, Letter to James Madison, December 20, 1787
20. Thomas Jefferson, Letter to James Madison, July 31, 1788
Madison's Response
21. James Madison, Letter to Thomas Jefferson, October 17, 1788
Jefferson's Common Sense
22. Thomas Jefferson, Letter to James Madison, March 15, 1789

13. Framing the Bill of Rights
Madison's Statemanship
23. James Madison, Speech to the House of Representatives, June 8, 1789
Unweaving the Amendments
24. U.S. House of the Representatives, Constitutional Amendments Proposed to the Senate, August 24, 1789
Editorial Changes
25. U. S. Congress, Constitutional Amendments Proposed to the States, September 28, 1789
Residual Ambiguities

Epilogue: After Two Centuries

APPENDICES

A Constitutional Chronology (1603-1791)
Questions for Consideration
Selected Bibliography

Index

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