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Fler böcker av Dennis C Rasmussen
Dennis C. Rasmussen is professor of political science, Syracuse University and the author of Fears of a Setting Sun: The Disillusionment of America's Founders and The Infidel and the Professor: David Hume, Adam Smith, and the Friendship That Shaped Modern Thought.
Acknowledgments Introduction: Forgotten Yet Unforgettable 1. The Penman's Story: A Brief Biography 2. A Most Splendid Part: Morris at the Convention 3. A Representative of America: Federalism 4. Checking America's Aristocracy: The Senate 5. Property and the People's Branch: The House of Representatives 6. A Reluctant Architect of the Electoral College: Presidential Selection 7. An Office Fit for Washington: The Presidency 8. That Fortress of the Constitution: the Judiciary 9. The Curse of Heaven: Slavery 10. A Declaration of Motives: The Preamble Epilogue: From Constitution-Maker to Aspiring, Constitution-Breaker Appendix: Morris's Great Convention Speeches Notes Index