The Bill of Rights: The Fight to Secure America's Liberties

The Bill of Rights: The Fight to Secure America's Liberties By Carol Berkin, The Bill of Rights The Fight to Secure America s Liberties Narrative celebratory history at its purest Publishers Weekly the real story of how the Bill of Rights came to be a vivid account of political strategy big egos and the partisan inte
  • Title: The Bill of Rights: The Fight to Secure America's Liberties
  • Author: Carol Berkin
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  • The Bill of Rights: The Fight to Secure America's Liberties By Carol Berkin, 8220 Narrative, celebratory history at its purest 8221 Publishers Weekly 8212 the real story of how the Bill of Rights came to be a vivid account of political strategy, big egos, and the partisan interests that set the terms of the ongoing contest between the federal government and the states.Those who argue that the Bill of Rights reflects the founding 8220 Narrative, celebratory history at its purest 8221 Publishers Weekly 8212 the real story of how the Bill of Rights came to be a vivid account of political strategy, big egos, and the partisan interests that set the terms of the ongoing contest between the federal government and the states.Those who argue that the Bill of Rights reflects the founding fathers 8217 8220 original intent 8221 are wrong The Bill of Rights was actually a brilliant political act executed by James Madison to preserve the Constitution, the federal government, and the latter 8217 s authority over the states In the skilled hands of award winning historian Carol Berkin, the story of the founders 8217 fight over the Bill of Rights comes alive in a drama full of partisanship, clashing egos, and cunning manipulation.In 1789, the nation faced a great divide around a question still unanswered today should broad power and authority reside in the federal government or should it reside in state governments The Bill of Rights, from protecting religious freedom to the people 8217 s right to bear arms, was a political ploy first and a matter of principle second The truth of how and why Madison came to devise this plan, the debates it caused in the Congress, and its ultimate success is engrossing than any of the myths that shroud our national beginnings.The debate over the Bill of Rights still continues through many Supreme Court decisions By pulling back the curtain on the short sighted and self interested intentions of the founding fathers, Berkin reveals the anxiety many felt that the new federal government might not survive 8212 and shows that the true 8220 original intent 8221 of the Bill of Rights was simply to oppose the Antifederalists who hoped to diminish the government 8217 s powers This book is 8220 a highly readable American history lesson that provides a deeper understanding of the Bill of Rights, the fears that generated it, and the miracle of the amendments 8221 Kirkus Reviews.
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    1. The author offers her version of the purpose and historical development of the Bill of Rights the first ten amendments to the U.S Constitution She works on the premise that they were established to counter the anti federalaist who wanted a weak central government I feel that she should have spent time examining the Ninth and Tenth Amendments Short biographical sketches are included for the members of the first congress.


    2. Carol Berkin s concise summation of the debate over the Bill of Rights is a masterful, clear discussion of the real world context, politics, and strategies of James Madison and the Federalists as they battle Anti federalists over the adoption of the Bill of Rights Berkin s main thesis is that Madison astutely perceived states rites advocates real motives in opposing the Constitution and Bill of Rights their desire for a Second Constitutional Convention in order to rewrite the Constitution along [...]


    3. Four stars for the writing and a bonus star for the importance of this book small rant It is a rare school system in the second decade of the 21st Century that puts any significant emphasis on civics Thus, our high school graduates know little if anything about our system of government or their privileges and responsibilities as citizens rant concluded Given that we all can benefit from reviewing how our country was founded and what made it advisable for the newly ratified Constitution to be so [...]


    4. I heard Carol Berkin speak about our Founding Fathers at a One Day University session this September She is a feisty, dynamic speaker so I placed a hold on one of her books While this is a bit academic lots of quotes and notes in the back of the book it is fascinating to learn about how the Bill of Rights actually got included In school I remember accurately or not being told that the Congress immediately went to work adding the amendments because the ratifying states has asked for them RI and N [...]


    5. Well written and informative Didn t realize the debate and struggle that took place to incorporate the bill of rights into the constitution.



    6. Carol Berkin makes reading history quick and easy Balances historical fact with interesting things about the players themselves.


    7. Interesting account of the first 10 amendments to the US constitution and how the battle between the Federalists and Anti federalists developed into the formulation of the constitution and the subsequent session that added the bill of rights American s have a almost mystical reverence for the constitution and that is understandable, but I also hear an enormous amount of nonsense spoken about its formulation and how the founding fathers had some form of unique insight into how things were going t [...]


    8. A nice survey of the Bill of Rights and how it came into existence, my one quibble with this book would be that some sections got into too much legislative detail while other sections felt too much like summaries.Overall, though, this volume is worth a read Some of the arguments seem remarkably similar to those that continue today, but I was impressed by how, with rare exception, those early American politicians seemed dedicated to working together for the good of the country and not just for th [...]


    9. Berkin tells the legislative history behind the passage of the Bill of Rights in a way that mirrors the polarization of America s contemporary political atmosphere The historical characters and personas come to life in this narrative James Madison is portrayed as a clever and calculating strategist who pushed for a federal bill of rights as a way to split the leadership of the Antifederalists and secure a moderate version of nationalism This is good read for those who are interested in the early [...]


    10. Berkin for the masses I enjoyed reading this book I really love the concept of focusing on an event that is often glossed over the addition of the Bill of Rights to the Constitution She did a great job of highlighting all of Madison s contributions, as well as those of his contemporaries, such as Elbridge Gerry I was interested to read why and how Madison fathered the Bill of Rights Learned a lot


    11. We see the men who began our national history not as bronze statues in our parks and surely not as visionaries confidently shaping the world for generations yet to com, but as imperfect actors in an unpredictable drama Carole Berkin


    12. Concise but great history of the bill of rights and how they came to be With a fantastic appendix of all the players.


    13. insight into right to bear arms from founders perspective Madison wanted it to get guns into hands of citizens as militia for defense of the nation.Also used Swift s tale of a tub about whalers and other ships throwing out a tub to distract a whale from attacking their ship.


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