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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Lectures: Significance and Historical Content, Classical Republicanism, The Anit-Federalists' Republican Vision, The Argument over National Security, The Deep Difficulties in Each Position, Debating the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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Clif Hostetler
Nov 27, 2011 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
Alan Johnson
The present review relates to the lecture series The Great Debate: Advocates and Opponents of the American Constitution by Professor Thomas L. Pangle, available in video and audio from The Great Courses (The Teaching Company), which I watched on DVD in 2016. Notwithstanding the representations on the Amazon and Goodreads pages, I was unable to obtain the transcript (219 pages) of these video lectures through Amazon. I did, however, recently obtain it directly from The Great Courses.

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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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Joshua
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a really fascinating lecture series, iff you're really into American Jurisprudence. I am, so I thoroughly enjoyed it. This series is mostly about the Federalist vs. Anti-Federalist debates and how both sides influenced and affected the US Constitution. Highly recommend this if you're into such things.
Angela
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The more I learn about America and the founding of the country, the more I understand the current political system. It is unbelieveable how we continue to have the same debates as these throughout time. These lectures provided unbiased and supported arguments for both sides of the federalist vs anti-federalist debate which leaves the reader/listener to make their own judgements. The lectures are well spoken and strongly supported which forces the reader to look beyond the ideals of the american ...more
Yasser Mohammad
Nov 10, 2013 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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Eric Mortensen
May 15, 2016 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.
Jason
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brain-food
Possibly my favorite "Great Courses" lecture.
Paul
Feb 06, 2009 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
Anderson Taylor
Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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!
Kent
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Thoroughly enjoyed the lectures of this Great Course!
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