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Author Tartakovsky, Joseph, 1981- author.

Title The lives of the constitution : ten exceptional minds that shaped America's supreme law / Joseph Tartakovsky.

Publication Info. New York : Encounter Books, 2018.


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Edition First American edition.
Description xiv, 299 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-287) and index.
Contents Overture : the Constitution's third century -- Builders (1765-1804). Alexander Hamilton : a war ends and a Constitution begins; James Wilson : the philosopher of Philadelphia -- Fighters (1814-1897). Daniel Webster : the first generation after the founders; Stephen Field : civil war and uncivil justice -- Interlude from abroad (1835-1888). Alexis de Tocqueville and James Bryce : Europe visits at mid-century -- Dreamers (1885-1931). Woodrow Wilson : the President of the Progessives; Ida B. Wells-Barnett : rights after reconstruction -- Restorers (1934-2016). Robert H. Jackson : new deals and world wars; Antonin Scalia : the dead democracy -- Finale : The experiment endures.
Summary "[This book] tells the ... story of our Constitution through the eyes of ten extraordinary individuals--some renowned, like Alexander Hamilton and Woodrow Wilson, and some forgotten, like James Wilson and Ida B. Wells-Barnett. [The author] brings to life their struggles over our supreme law from its origins in revolutionary America to the era of Obama and Trump. Sweeping from settings as diverse as Gold Rush California to the halls of Congress, and crowded with a vivid Dickensian cast, [the author] shows how America's unique constitutional culture grapples with questions like democracy, racial and sexual equality, free speech, economic liberty, and the role of government. [The author] chronicles how Daniel Webster sought to avert the Civil War; how Alexis de Tocqueville misunderstood America; how Robert Jackson balanced liberty and order in the battle against Nazism and Communism; and how Antonin Scalia died warning Americans about the ever-growing reach of the Supreme Court. From the 1787 Philadelphia Convention to the clash over gay marriage, this is a grand tour through two centuries of constitutional history as never told before, and an education in the principles that sustain America in the most astonishing experiment in government ever undertaken."-- Dust jacket.
Subject Constitutional law -- United States.
Constitutional history -- United States.
United States -- Politics and government -- History.
Genre/Form Biographies.
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