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Great Debate: Advocates and Opponents of the American Constitution

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Lectures: Significance and Historical Content, Classical Republicanism, The Anit-Federalists' Republican Vision, The Argument over National Security, The Deep Difficulties in Each Position, Debating the Meaning of "Federalism", The Madisonian Republic, The Argument over Representation, Disputing Seperation of Powers part 1, Disputing Seperation of Powers part 2, The Suprem ...more
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Published 2007
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Ryan Morton
A great book about the back-and-forth between Federalists and Anti-Federalists during the framing of America.

I remember some of the Great Debate from school, but this presentation was more to-the-point and engaging than I remember. The book shows both sides of the debate and portrays an active, heated, and productive discussion between the founders on some important topics. Many of those topics we're still discussing now. Many modern commentators, pundits, politicians, advocates, and clicktivist
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Clif Hostetler
Dec 08, 2011 Clif Hostetler rated it it was amazing
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I was a member of a book group that decided to read and discuss the book "The Federalist Papers" for our December 2011 meeting. The Federalist Papers are a series of 85 essays written in 1787 and 1788 to promote the ratification of the United States Constitution. It's the equivalent of reading a 600 paged legal brief written by an 18th century lawyer. Actually, that's exactly what it is. Therefore, it's not an easy read for a 21st century reader, or at least I didn't experience it as an easy rea ...more
Eric Mortensen
May 15, 2016 Eric Mortensen rated it it was amazing
Read as parts of a review of references on the constitution. This is a more accessible read than Ratification although understandably mite attenuated. I think that an understanding of the history of the constitution is essential before arguing at the Chinese state dinner regarding the needs of a town.
Yasser Mohammad
Nov 10, 2013 Yasser Mohammad rated it really liked it
Very good exposition of the intricate debates between federalists and anti-federalists.
Even though the main problems were specific to the american situation at the time of foundation, still many of the points raised are of extreme importance for any political system (e.g. democracy and effective government, dynamics of power distribution in the system, the meaning of representation and limits of each wing in the government, the role of the judiciary branch and its relation to other parts of the
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Jason
Jun 14, 2015 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brain-food
Possibly my favorite "Great Courses" lecture.
T. A.
Oct 20, 2013 T. A. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, politics
I can not express how amazing this is. EVERY American should read this regardless of political affiliation, religion, or interests. That's all I will say. Great!
Paul
Mar 18, 2010 Paul rated it really liked it
Very analytical and in-depth look at peoples' thoughts and feelings of taking this big step with a new Constitution
Kent
Dec 02, 2012 Kent rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history-us, politics
Thoroughly enjoyed the lectures of this Great Course!
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