A grand experiment: the constitution at 200 : essays from by Douglass Adair, John Allphin Moore, John Edwin Murphy

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Accordingly, the Articles of Confederation, ratified in 1781, failed to embody the democratic and nationalistic impulses of 1776. Contrary to Charles Beard and Merrill Jensen, the Constitution of 1787, not the Articles of 1781, embodied the spirit of '76. The Constitution of 1787 was impossible in 1781, or at any time before it was framed. The Articles were an indispensable transitional stage in the development of the Constitution. Not even the Constitution would have been ratified in 1789 if the Framers had submitted it for approval to the state legislatures that kept Congress paralyzed in the 1780s.

Includes index.  United States-Constitutional history-Congresses.  Adair, Douglass.  Moore, John Allphin, 1940- .  (John Edwin), 1940- .  Title.  paper) Page v Contents Preface By W. Ann Reynolds vii Douglass Adair, the Constitution, and the American Experience By David L. , and John E. Murphy xiii Contributors xxi The Making of the Constitution, 1776-1789 Leonard W. Levy 1 Commentary by Joyce Appleby 11 The People of the Constitution: Persons Remembered and Persons Forgotten Richard B. Morris 15 Commentary by Yolanda T.

Within a mere thirteen years, Americans invented or first institutionalized a Bill of Rights against all branches of government, the written Constitution, the Constitutional Convention, Federalism, judicial review, and a solution to the colonial problem (admitting territories to the Union as states fully equal to the original thirteen). Religious liberty, separation of church and state, political parties, separation of powers, an acceptance of the principle of equality, and the conscious creation of a new nation were also among American institutional "firsts," although not all these initially appeared between 1776 and 1789.

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