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The Bill of Rights: The Fight to Secure America's Liberties
The Bill of Rights: The Fight to Secure America's Liberties
The Bill of Rights: The Fight to Secure America's Liberties

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    • Imported from USA.

    The real story of how the Bill of Rights came to be: a concise,
    vivid history of political strategy, big egos, and partisan
    interest that set the terms of the ongoing contest between the
    federal government and the states.

    Revered today for articulating America’s founding principles, the
    first ten amendments—the Bill of Rights—was in fact a political
    stratagem executed by James Madison to preserve the Constitution,
    the Federal government, and the latter’s authority over the
    states. In the skilled hands of award-winning historian Carol
    Berkin, the story of the Founders’ fight over the Bill of Rights
    comes alive in a gripping drama of partisan politics, acrimonious
    debate, and manipulated procedure. From this familiar story of a
    Congress at loggerheads, an important truth emerges.

    In 1789, the young nation faced a great ideological divide around
    a question still unanswered today: should broad power and
    authority reside in the federal government or should it reside in
    state governments? The Bill of Rights, from protecting religious
    freedom and the people’s right to bear arms to reserving
    unenumerated rights to the states, was a political ploy first,
    and matter of principle second. How and why Madison came to
    devise this plan, the divisive debates it fostered in the
    Congress, and its ultimate success in defeating antifederalist
    counterplans to severely restrict the powers of the federal
    government is more engrossing than any of the myths that shroud
    our national beginnings.

    The debate over the founding fathers’ original intent still
    continues through myriad Supreme Court decisions. By pulling back
    the curtain on the political, short-sighted, and self-interested
    intentions of the founding fathers in passing the Bill of Rights,
    Berkin reveals the inherent weakness in these arguments and what
    it means for our country today.

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