A History of the U. S. Political System: Ideas, Interests, by Richard A. Harris, Daniel J. Tichenor

By Richard A. Harris, Daniel J. Tichenor

One of the main energetic and revealing techniques to analyze into the yankee political procedure is one who makes a speciality of political improvement, an process that mixes the instruments of the political scientist and the historian. A historical past of the U.S. Political process: principles, pursuits, and InstitutionS≪/i> is the 1st accomplished source that makes use of this method of discover the evolution of the yankee political procedure from the adoption of the structure to the present.

A heritage of the U.S. Political System is a three-volume choice of unique essays and first records that examines the guidelines, associations, and regulations that experience formed American executive and politics all through its background. the 1st quantity is issues-oriented, overlaying governmental and nongovernmental associations in addition to key coverage components. the second one quantity examines America's political improvement traditionally, surveying its dynamic executive period through period. quantity 3 is a suite of documentary fabrics that complement and increase the reader's event with the opposite volumes.

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As the political theorist Michael Lienesch puts it, the Anti-Federalists considered the Bill of Rights to be ‘‘a symbol, a source of political education, or a reminder to future citizens, not only of their rights, but also of their responsibilities’’ (1988, 155). The Defeat of the Anti-Federalists The Constitution was ratified only after the Federalists promised that it would quickly be amended to include a Bill of Rights. One important aspect of the AntiFederalists’ legacy is thus the Bill of Rights.

1995. The Antifederalists and Early American Political Thought. Dekalb: Northern Illinois University Press. Elshtain, Jean Bethke. 1995. Democracy on Trial. New York: Basic Books. Hamilton, Alexander, James Madison, and John Jay. 1982. The Federalist Papers. New York: Bantam. Kenyon, Cecilia. 1955. ’’ William and Mary Quarterly 12: 3--43. Kenyon, Cecilia, ed. 1966. The Antifederalists. Indianapolis, IN: Bobbs-Merrill. Ketcham, Ralph, ed. 1986. The Antifederalist Papers and the Constitutional Convention Debates.

As Melancton Smith put it, ‘‘Government operates upon the spirit of the people, as well as the spirit of the people operates upon it.. . Our duty is to frame a government friendly to liberty and the rights of mankind, which will tend to cherish and cultivate a love of liberty among our citizens’’ (Kenyon 1966, 388). In the view of the Anti-Federalists, the Constitution would not, in fact, ‘‘cultivate a love of liberty,’’ or at least not a love of public liberty. Instead, the new regime would simply encourage Americans to focus on their own private pursuits, allowing elites to control public affairs.

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