The Republic: Conversations on Fundamentals

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In more than 230 years of statehood, the United States has created its own distinctive way of living and governing—a way which its citizens cherish, but about whose essence, for want of definition, they frequently disagree. Charles Beard offered, in a synthesis of his life work, a permanent statement on the nature of the American Republic.

To carry out his purpose, Beard discusses, among other subjects, the making of one nation out of many peoples and nationalities, the letter ...

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Overview

In more than 230 years of statehood, the United States has created its own distinctive way of living and governing—a way which its citizens cherish, but about whose essence, for want of definition, they frequently disagree. Charles Beard offered, in a synthesis of his life work, a permanent statement on the nature of the American Republic.

To carry out his purpose, Beard discusses, among other subjects, the making of one nation out of many peoples and nationalities, the letter and the spirit of the Constitution, the rights and liberties of citizens, the theory of checks and balances, the role of political parties, the Republic in the world of nations, and the coming fate and fortune of America. Above all, he deals philosophically with the eternal conflict between power and freedom, security and liberty.

In form, the book is a series of conversations among friends. The author and two public-spirited citizens carry the main burden of the discourse, and other figures are introduced to present special but prevailing points of view. In this way the reader not only feels that he is participating in a search for the truth, but discovers that his own point of view has here an able sponsor. Beard has taken a theme of majestic scope and presented it in terms that are warm and human and immediately relevant.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412808033
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/31/2008
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles A. Beard (1874-1948) is regarded as one of the most influential American historians in the first half of the twentieth century. He is famous for his evaluation of the founding fathers of the United States, who he believed were motivated by economics as opposed to philosophical principles. Some of his works include An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States, Economic Origins of Jeffersonian Democracy, and The Administration and Politics of Tokyo. Clyde W. Barrow is Chancellor Professor in the Policy Studies Program at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth where he also serves as director of the Center of Policy Analysis. His works include More than a Historian: The Political and Economic Thought of Charles A. Beard, Economic Impacts of the Textile and Apparel Industries in Massachusetts, and Globalisation, Trade Liberalisation, and Higher Education in North America: The Emergence of a New Market Under NAFTA? (with Sylvie Didou-Aupetit and John Mallea).

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Table of Contents


Introduction to the Transaction Edition ix Introduction xxvii I We, The People... 1 II Establish this Constitution... 14 III Democracy and Rights under the Constitution 27 IV Washington and Jefferson Exemplify Constitutionalism 42 V Lincoln Exemplifies Constitutionalism 56 VI A More Perfect Union and Justice 72 VII Domestic Tranquility and Common Defense 90 VIII Promote the General Welfare 106 IX The Blessings of Liberty 119 X Rights of American Citizens 134 XI Freedom of Speech and Press 149 XII Religious Liberty 164 XIII Power and the Control of Power 178 XIV Congress as Power 192 XV The Executive as Power 207 XVI The Judiciary as Power 223 XVII Critique of the Federal System 242 XVIII Political Parties as Agencies and Motors 261 XIX The Economic Underwriting of the Constitution 277 XX The Republic in the World of Nations 302 XXI The Fate and Fortunes of Our Republic 331 Constitution of the United States of America 347
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