Dig Through Our Books

Title
Author
Keyword
Advanced Search
 
 
Gift Cards
Checkout a Gift Card

Purchase a Gift Card to Last Word!

 




Bookmark and Share




 
Browse By Category

View Other Categories
 
 
 
Our Secret Constitution: How Lincoln Redefined American Democracy, Fletcher, George P.

Author Name    Fletcher, George P.

Title   Our Secret Constitution: How Lincoln Redefined American Democracy

Binding   Hardcover

Book Condition   Good

Publisher    Oxford University Press

ISBN Number    0195141423 / 9780195141429

Seller ID   SKU9144151

0195141423 1st edition, 1st printing with full number line. Good. Light to moderate wear to covers/corners. Hardcover with Dust Jacket. Support Last Word Books & Press and independent booksellers.

Stock Description, May Not Reflect Item

In this perspective-altering new book, George P. Fletcher asserts that the Civil War was the most significant event in American legal history, an event that not only abolished slavery and changed the laws of the land but also created a new set of principles that continues to guide our thinking today.
Much as historians and lawmakers strive to maintain a continuity with the Constitution of 1787, Fletcher shows that the Civil War presented a rupture not only between North and South but between two visions of the United States. The first Constitution was based on the principles of peoplehood as a voluntary association, individual freedom, and republican elitism. The government chosen by "We the People" sought, above all, to protect the rights of individuals and to limit the leadership of the nation to a select few. It was a Constitution, moreover, that accommodated the most undemocratic institution imaginable: slavery. The second Constitution, forged on the killing fields of Vicksburg and Antietam, articulated in Lincoln's visionary Gettysburg Address, and enacted in the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments, reinvented the United States according to the principles of organic nationhood, equality of all persons, and popular democracy. Fletcher shows how these higher principles, though suppressed for decades, shape our sensibilities today in our efforts to expand the range of those protected as equal under the law, to promote equality in the workplace, to safeguard the interests of those who are at a competitive disadvantage, to rethink the limits of free speech and of religious liberty, and to amend the Constitution in the spirit of popular democracy.
Written with passion, clarity, and sweeping historical knowledge, Our Secret Constitution will fundamentally change the way we view our past and bring new clarity to the issues we confront today.

Price = 9.00 USD


Related items brought to you by the miracles of modern technology:
East of the Mountains, Guterson, David
East of the Mountains
Guterson, David
6.00 USD
Add to Book Bag

Booking Passage: We Irish and Americans, Lynch, Thomas
Booking Passage: We Irish and Americans
Lynch, Thomas
12.00 USD
Add to Book Bag

So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish, Adams, Douglas
So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish
Adams, Douglas
12.00 USD
Add to Book Bag

Carjacked: The Culture of the Automobile and Its Effect on Our Lives, Lutz, Catherine; Lutz Fernandez, Anne
Carjacked: The Culture of the Automobile and Its Effect on Our Lives
Lutz, Catherine; Lutz Fernandez, Anne
9.00 USD
Add to Book Bag

Principal Products of Portugal: Prose Pieces, Hall, Donald
Principal Products of Portugal: Prose Pieces
Hall, Donald
12.00 USD
Add to Book Bag

Whiteout, Follett, Ken
Whiteout
Follett, Ken
6.00 USD
Add to Book Bag

Play Strindberg; The Dance of death choreographed (An Evergreen book, E612)
Du?rrenmatt, Friedrich
6.00 USD
Add to Book Bag

The Road Ahead (Book & CD), Bill Gates; Nathan Myhrvold; Peter Rinearson
The Road Ahead (Book & CD)
Bill Gates; Nathan Myhrvold; Peter Rinearson
8.00 USD
Add to Book Bag

Guardians of the Singreale (The Singreale chronicles)
Miller, Calvin
9.00 USD
Add to Book Bag

Eastern Standard, Greenberg, Richard
Eastern Standard
Greenberg, Richard
10.00 USD
Add to Book Bag

The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage, and My Family, Savage, Dan
The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage, and My Family
Savage, Dan
15.00 USD
Add to Book Bag

Applique? quiltmaking: Contemporary techniques with an Amish touch
Bass, Charlotte Christiansen
8.00 USD
Add to Book Bag

 


Questions, comments, or suggestions
Please write to [email protected]
Copyright©2019. All Rights Reserved.
Powered by ChrisLands.com

 

 

cookie