The Words That Made Us: America's Constitutional Conversation, 1760-1840

The Words That Made Us: America's Constitutional Conversation, 1760-1840 by Akhil Reed Amar 0465096352 9780465096350
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A history of the American Constitutions formative decades from a preeminent legal scholar
When the US Constitution won popular approval in 1788, it was the culmination of thirty years of passionate argument over the nature of government. But ratification hardly ended the conversation. For the next half century, ordinary Americans and statesmen alike continued to wrestle with weighty questions in the halls of government and in the pages of newspapers. Should the nations borders be expanded? Should America allow slavery to spread westward? What rights should Indian nations hold? What was the proper role of the judicial branch?
In The Words that Made Us, Akhil Reed Amar unites history and law in a vivid narrative of the biggest constitutional questions early Americans confronted, and he expertly assesses the answers they offered. His account of the documents origins and consolidation is a guide for anyone seeking to properly understand Americas Constitution today.

Author: Akhil Reed Amar

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 832

Publisher: Basic Books

Publication Date: 2021-05-04


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