Framers' Construction/Beardian Deconstruction: Essays on the Constitutional Design of 1787

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Was the constitutional design of 1787 prompted by the desire of the Founding Fathers to protect their economic interests, as alleged by Charles Beard in his pathbreaking study in 1913, or was it perhaps attributable to the Framers’ determination to overcome democratic turbulence in the states, as posited by the currently academically fashionable neo-Beardian school of historical interpretation? Neither thesis, Professor Slonim demonstrates, accords with the documentary record of the Constitutional Convention. Rather, the tension between the overarching need to create an effective national government and the desire to preserve state autonomy shaped the final result at Philadelphia. What emerged was a strong central government within a federal framework. Also analyzed in this volume are several neglected provisions and features of the 1787 constitutional design and their present-day implications.

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The Author: S. Slonim, born in Australia, received his LL.B. from Melbourne University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. He is a member and former chairman of the Department of American Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and holds the James G. McDonald Chair in American History. His previous publications include The Constitutional Bases of Political and Social Change in the United States.

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«Professor Slonim, a seasoned and trenchant analytical observer of the U.S. Constitution, has provided a major contribution to investigative scholarship with his splendid tome. His rejection of the Beardian and neo-Beardian interpretation of the basic document demonstrates that, in fine, the Framers were wise political scientists.» (Henry J. Abraham, James Hart Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs, Emeritus, University of Virginia)
«In this collection of essays, Professor Slonim makes a major contribution to the constitutional history of the Founding period. His analysis of the politics of constitution-making achieves a clarity, objectivity, and documentary precision absent in recent ideologically-driven accounts.» (Herman Belz, Professor of History, University of Maryland, College Park)
«I know of no American historian steeped as deeply and intelligently in the formation of the U.S. Constitution as S. Slonim, the distinguished Israeli scholar. This collection of Professor Slonim’s superb essays on the Founding Era confirms his status as a remarkable independent thinker. I view this book as a must read for everyone interested in constitution-making in the United States and other nations. Slonim’s emphasis on federal-state relations as the central theme of the Philadelphia Convention of 1787 is an eye-opening, persuasive exploration of an often-ignored key to an understanding of the U.S. Constitution.» (Gerald Gunther, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law, Emeritus, Stanford Law School)

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