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The Bill of Rights: Government Proscribed

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The essays in this collection set the Bill of Rights in context by tracing its historical lineages and establishing the political context for its adoption by the states. They point out the differences between Federalist fears of anarchy and Antifederalist fears of tyranny, as eventually reconcilable, and examine how particular functional dimensions of the various rights were popularly conceived. The volume concludes with a comparative examination of the American and French experiences with the bill of rights that...

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The essays in this collection set the Bill of Rights in context by tracing its historical lineages and establishing the political context for its adoption by the states. They point out the differences between Federalist fears of anarchy and Antifederalist fears of tyranny, as eventually reconcilable, and examine how particular functional dimensions of the various rights were popularly conceived. The volume concludes with a comparative examination of the American and French experiences with the bill of rights that supports those scholars who argue for the critical role played by the Constitution's first amendments in matters of constitutional jurisprudence.

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Ten essays explore how the first decade of amendments to the US Constitution produced by the Constitutional Convention in 1787 represent a compromise between leaders who feared anarchy and those who feared tyranny. They discuss the British heritage, earlier analogies, the ratification by states, the debates over anarchy and tyranny, popular sentiment, reinterpreting rights, experience versus reason, and other aspects. They include a range of opinion on whether or not the Bill is now or has ever been a good idea. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Ronald Hoffman is the Director of the Institute of Early American History and Culture. He is the author of A Spirit of Dissension: Economics, Politics and the Revolution in Maryland. Peter J. Albert is coeditory of the Samuel Gompers Papers at the University of Maryland, College Park.

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Table of Contents

Preface
British Lineages and American Choices 1
The Pedigree of the Bill of Rights 42
Overshadowed by States' Rights: Ratification of the Federal Bill of Rights 77
Between Scylla and Charybdis: Anarchy, Tyranny, and the Debate over a Bill of Rights 103
Mere Parchment Barriers? Antifederalists, the Bill of Rights, and the Question of Rights Consciousness 175
Popular Sentiment and the Bill of Rights Controversy 209
Reinterpreting Rights: Antifederalists and the Bill of Rights 245
The Bill of Rights as a Constitution 274
The Bill of Rights: Unnecessary and Pernicious 387
Experience versus Reason: "Beautiful Books and Great Revolutions" 421
Contributors 449
Index 453
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