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9780679781219

Original Meanings

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  • ISBN13:

    9780679781219

  • ISBN10:

    0679781218

  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 1997-05-27
  • Publisher: Vintage

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From abortion to same-sex marriage, today's most urgent political debates will hinge on this two-part question: What did the United States Constitution originally mean and who now understands its meaning best? Rakove chronicles the Constitution from inception to ratification and, in doing so, traces its complex weave of ideology and interest, showing how this document has meant different things at different times to different groups of Americans.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
The Perils of Originalismp. 3
The Road to Philadelphiap. 23
The Madisonian Momentp. 35
The Politics of Constitution-Makingp. 57
The Concept of Ratificationp. 94
Debating the Constitutionp. 131
Federalismp. 161
The Mirror of Representationp. 203
Creating the Presidencyp. 244
Rightsp. 288
Madison and the Origins of Originalismp. 339
Codap. 366
A Note on Sourcesp. 369
Notesp. 371
Indexp. 421
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