The United States: An Experiment in Democracy
Routledge, 17/04/2018 - 333 páginas
According to Carl Becker "if the framers of the Constitution could come back to earth and see what the federal government is doing to-day, they would all agree that this monstrous thing was no child of theirs; for to-day the federal government exercises as a matter of course powers which they never dreamed of." This prescient statement rings as true today as it did when Becker wrote An Experiment in Democracy nearly eighty years ago. This American classic is an engaging, gracefully rendered piece of historical literature as well as a non-ideological meditation on the "meaning of America."
Carl Becker's ruminations are invariably provocative, notably wise, and remarkably enduring. He clearly believed in what has been called a "living Constitution," one that must be adapted to changing circumstances and imperatives in America life, and his faith in democracy seems to have strengthened as the decades progressed.
In his new introduction, Michael Kammen places this American classic in historical perspective. Kammen sees Becker as more than an archival historian, but rather as a master of the "creative synthesis" looking at familiar sources in fresh ways and developing new points of view that were frequently revisionist and, on occasion, radically arresting. Much has changed between 1920 and the present; but Carl Becker's sagacity persists, just as his expository prose will continue to please a new generation of historians and students of American social history. Carl Becker was the author of "Kansas"; The Declaration of Independence: A Study in the History of Political Ideas; Modern History: The Rise of a Democratic, Scientific, and Industrial Civilization; "Benjamin Franklin"; "Everyman His Own Historian"; The Heavenly City of the Eighteenth-Century Philosophers; How New Will the Better World Be?; and Freedom and Responsibility in the American Way of Life.
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The interests of the British Empire chiefly centered in the trade laws, those
regulations which required the Colonies to export certain staple products, such
as sugar, tobacco, indigo, and naval supplies, to Great Britain or to a British
colony, and ...
Within seven years, as a result of these wars for the defense and extension of the
Empire, the public debt had doubled. Much of this debt had been contracted for
maintaining the English fleet and army in America, and Englishmen were ...
Very few colonists at that time dreamed of independence, or thought it possible
for the Colonies to be happy or prosperous except as parts of the Empire. In the
desire to preserve and to strengthen this Empire, both Englishmen and
do as it liked, there wouldn't be any Empire very long, and nothing but a selfish
desire to escape their fair share of the burden of defense could lead the
Americans to object to so reasonable and moderate a tax as the Stamp Tax. The
It was through these assemblies that they had raised the money to support the
Empire in the last war against France, and they were quite willing in the future to
raise their fair share of taxes for the support of the Empire; but they wished to
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