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The Evangelical Origins of the Living Constitution

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The New Deal is often said to represent a sea change in American constitutional history, overturning a century of precedent to permit an expanded federal government, increased regulation of the economy, and eroded property protections. John Compton offers a surprising revision of this familiar narrative, showing that nineteenth-century evangelical Protestants, not New Deal ...more
Hardcover, 261 pages
Published March 17th 2014 by Harvard University Press (first published March 10th 2014)
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A terrific, thought-provoking book by a young scholar who has done his homework. He shows the "living Constitution," which some decry as a product of the Progressives of the 1900s was to some degree a product of some of the thinking and energies of Christians from the Second Great Awakening in their campaigns against alcohol and the lottery which had the effect of weakening property rights and commerce and contract clause issues. I can't recommend this book highly enough.
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