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Balance of powers

David J. Bodenhamer.

in The U.S. Constitution: A Very Short Introduction

August 2018; p ublished online April 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Law; Legal and Constitutional History; US Colonial and Revolutionary History. 2470 words.

Two questions guided the framers when dividing power among the branches of government: What were the limits and purposes of national power? What were the roles and responsibilities of the...

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Epilogue

David J. Bodenhamer.

in The U.S. Constitution: A Very Short Introduction

August 2018; p ublished online April 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Law; Legal and Constitutional History; US Colonial and Revolutionary History. 763 words.

The United States does not operate today under the Constitution ratified in 1788 or the Constitution as completed by the Bill of Rights in 1791 or even the one revised by the...

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Equality

David J. Bodenhamer.

in The U.S. Constitution: A Very Short Introduction

August 2018; p ublished online April 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Law; Legal and Constitutional History; US Colonial and Revolutionary History. 4398 words.

Equality was not an explicit core value of the Constitution, nor was it a basic condition of republican governments. The framers, living in a world based on class distinctions, rejected...

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Federalism

David J. Bodenhamer.

in The U.S. Constitution: A Very Short Introduction

August 2018; p ublished online April 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Law; Legal and Constitutional History; US Colonial and Revolutionary History. 3818 words.

Federalism, the division of power between state and central governments, was the most novel doctrine to emerge from the Constitutional Convention. ‘Federalism’ explains how it embraced a...

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Property

David J. Bodenhamer.

in The U.S. Constitution: A Very Short Introduction

August 2018; p ublished online April 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Law; Legal and Constitutional History; US Colonial and Revolutionary History. 4121 words.

The Constitution of 1787 contains no broad guarantee of the right to property, but it established numerous protections for property. ‘Property’ explains that the right to property found...

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Representation

David J. Bodenhamer.

in The U.S. Constitution: A Very Short Introduction

August 2018; p ublished online April 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Law; Legal and Constitutional History; US Colonial and Revolutionary History. 4430 words.

More than most constitutional issues, questions of representation and suffrage have exposed the fault lines of class, race, and gender in American society. Popular sovereignty was the...

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The revolutionary Constitution

David J. Bodenhamer.

in The U.S. Constitution: A Very Short Introduction

August 2018; p ublished online April 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Law; Legal and Constitutional History; US Colonial and Revolutionary History. 5803 words.

The American Revolution was a radical event that redefined ideas of sovereignty, liberty, equality, representation, and power. It also recast how men and women related to each other within...

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Rights

David J. Bodenhamer.

in The U.S. Constitution: A Very Short Introduction

August 2018; p ublished online April 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Law; Legal and Constitutional History; US Colonial and Revolutionary History. 4395 words.

Throughout American history, rights have been invented and repudiated, fought over and striven for, expanded and violated. From the nation’s beginnings, revolutionaries appealed to natural...

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Security

David J. Bodenhamer.

in The U.S. Constitution: A Very Short Introduction

August 2018; p ublished online April 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Law; Legal and Constitutional History; US Colonial and Revolutionary History. 4200 words.

Armed conflict poses an imminent threat to the nation’s existence, but so does suspension of the nation’s fundamental laws. The framers wrestled with how to grant government the power to...

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The U.S. Constitution: A Very Short Introduction

David J. Bodenhamer.

August 2018; p ublished online April 2018 .

Book. Subjects: History of Law; Legal and Constitutional History; US Colonial and Revolutionary History. 144 pages.

The U.S. Constitution: A Very Short Introduction explores the major themes of American constitutional history—federalism, the balance of powers, property, representation,...

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