Declaring Rights A Brief History with Documents

ISBN-10: 0312137346

ISBN-13: 9780312137342

Edition: 1998

Authors: Jack N. Rakove

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List price: $20.99
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 10/15/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 217
Size: 5.51" wide x 8.18" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

Jack N. Rakove is the William R. Coe Professor of History and American Studies and Professor of Political Science at Stanford University and author of the Pulitzer Prize�e"winning Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution.

Introduction: Rights across the Centuries
Rights in Revolution
The Seventeenth-Century Background
English Precedents
American Precedents
Puzzels about Rights
Defining a Right
The Holders of Rights
The Threat to Rights
The Sources of Rights
The Form and Function of a Declaration of Rights
The Popularity of Rights-Talk
The Colonists' Appeal to Rights
The Legacy of 1689
Constraining the King
Convention Parliment, Declaration of Rights, February 12, 1688 o.s.
Rights in Resistance
Challenging the Stamp Act
Resolutions of the House of Representatives of Massachusetts, October 29, 1765
Disputing the American Claim
A Letter from a Gentleman at Halifax (1765)
Consitutional Rights in the British Tradition
The Earl of Clarendon to William Pym, January 27, 1766
Declarations of Rights as Instruments of Negotiation
Contintental Congress, Declaration and Resolves, October 14, 1774
Rights in the First Constitutions
Constitutions: A New Definition
Four Letters on Interesting Subjects, 1776
Populist Suspicions
Resolutions of Concord, Massachusetts, October 21, 1776
Declaring Rights: The First Models
Third Draft of a Constitution for Virginia, Part IV, June 1776
Virginia Provincial Convention, Committee Draft of a Declaration of Rights, May 27, 1776
Pennsylvania Convention, Declaration of Rights, 1776
Massachusetts: A Final Example
A Declaration of the Rights of the Inhabitants of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1780
A Legislative Milestone
Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, 1786
The Constitution and Rights
Madison and the Problem of Rights
Framing the Constitution
The Basic Positions Stated
A First Try at Amendments
Amendments Proposed to Congress, September 27, 1787
A Crucial Federalist Response
Statehouse Speech, October 6, 1787
The Anti-Federalist Case
The Traditional Position Restated
Second Essay Opposing the Constitution, November 1, 1787
Rights and the Education of Citizens
Federal Farmer, Letter XVI, January 20, 1788
The Federalist Position
Can We Enumerate All Our Rights?
Speech in the North Carolina Ratification Convention, July 28, 1788
Madison and Jefferson: The Classic Exchange
Defending the Veto
Letter to Thomas Jefferson, October 24, 1787
The View From Paris
Letter to James Madison, December 20, 1787
Letter to James Madison, July 31, 1788
Madison's Response
Letter to Thomas Jefferson, October 17, 1788
Jefferson's Common Sense
Letter to James Madison, March 15, 1789
Framing the Bill of Rights Madison's Statemanship
Speech to the House of Representatives, June 8, 1789
Unweaving the Amendments
U.S. House of the Representatives, Constitutional Amendments Proposed to the Senate, August 24, 1789
Editorial Changes
U. S. Congress, Constitutional Amendments Proposed to the States, September 28, 1789
Residual Ambiguities
Epilogue: After Two Centuries
A Constitutional Chronology (1603-1791)
Questions for Consideration
Selected Bibliography
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