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

Author:   Carol Berkin ,  Pam Ward ,  Pam Ward
Publisher:   Tantor Media, Inc
Edition:   Unabridged edition
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9781494560577


Publication Date:   05 May 2015
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Revered today for articulating America's founding principles, the first ten amendments-the Bill of Rights-were 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 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 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 continues to this day. By pulling back the curtain on the political, shortsighted, and self-interested intentions of the founding fathers in passing the Bill of Rights, Carol Berkin reveals the inherent weakness in these arguments and what it means for our country today.

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Author:   Carol Berkin ,  Pam Ward ,  Pam Ward
Publisher:   Tantor Media, Inc
Imprint:   Tantor Media, Inc
Edition:   Unabridged edition
Dimensions:   Width: 13.50cm , Height: 1.50cm , Length: 19.00cm
Weight:   0.072kg
ISBN:  

9781494560577


ISBN 10:   1494560577
Publication Date:   05 May 2015
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Audio
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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A highly readable American history lesson that provides a deeper understanding of the Bill of Rights, the fears that generated it and the miracle of the amendments. ---Kirkus


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Carol Berkin is the Presidential Professor of History at Baruch College. She is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including Wondrous Beauty, The History Handbook, and Civil War Wives, and has worked as a consultant on several PBS and History Channel documentaries. Pam Ward has performed in dinner theater, summer stock, and Off-Broadway, as well as in commercials, radio, and film. An experienced narrator, Pam has recorded many titles for the Library of Congress Talking Books program. She is the recipient of an AudioFile Earphones Award and the prestigious Alexander Scourby Award.

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