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The Thinking Revolutionary: Principle and Practice in the New Republic

Lerner, Ralph

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ISBN 10: 0801495326 / ISBN 13: 9780801495328
Published by Ithaca, New York, U.S.A.: Cornell Univ Press, 1988
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The Thinking Revolutionary: Principle and Practice in the New Republic (ISBN: 0801495326 / 0-8014-9532-6) Ralph Lerner, Cornell Univ Pr, 1988, 238p, trade pb, covers lightly bumped/scuffed/single crease back cover, CLEAN text, solid binding, nice copy---2.50. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-4964359154

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Title: The Thinking Revolutionary: Principle and ...

Publisher: Ithaca, New York, U.S.A.: Cornell Univ Press

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Very Good

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Both of these books use late 18th- and early 19th-century sources to argue against positions held by many 20th-century scholars. Berger maintains that the judiciary has subverted the intentions of the Founders with respect to the distribution of powers between the states and the nation. At issue is "who may revise the Constitutionthe people by amendment or the judges." Refusing to "equate what is desirable with what is constitutional," Berger focuses on the writings of the Founders to demonstrate that judicial interpretations of the 10th and 14th amendments, and the "general welfare" and "commerce" clauses, have vastly extended the powers intended for the national government. His conclusion that the Supreme Court should "curtail its increasing intrusion into the States' internal affairs" should be carefully considered by every citizen. Lerner's thesis is that the Founding Fathers were not merely reflexive purveyors of widely held opinions or products of impersonal socioeconomic forces, but rather "thought for themselves and then deployed the results . . . to persuade the persuadable." He examines Franklin's autobiography, Jefferson's efforts to revise Virginia's legal code, and the political speeches to grand juries of early Supreme Court justices. The thread of his argument becomes tenuous as he discusses the attitudes of early white leaders toward Indians, and disappears altogether in concluding chapters as he turns to sources such as Tocqueville, Montesquieu, and Adam Smith. Of interest primarily to scholars of American intellectual history. Jack Ray, Loyola/Notre Dame Lib., Baltimore
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