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Force, Fraud, and the Founding of the American Constitution

Joseph M. Parent

in Uniting States

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199782192
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919147 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199782192.003.0003
Force, Fraud, and the Founding of the American Constitution

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This chapter narrates the genesis of the United States Constitution from the perspective of political realism. It finds the conventional wisdom on why the Articles of Confederation were cast aside wanting, and traces events from the Declaration of Independence to the ratification of the Bill of Rights. The main finding is that the uniting of the United States was less a triumph of persuasion and democracy than is generally believed, and finds that force and fraud played central roles in events.

Keywords: early American history; early American foreign policy; U.S. Constitution; force; fraud; Bill of Rights; realism

Chapter.  12013 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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