The Bill of Rights: The Fight to Secure America's Liberties
- By Carol Berkin
- Signed by the author
- Hardcover: 272 pages
- ISBN 9781476743790
The real story of how the Bill of Rights came to be: a concise, vivid history of political strategy, big egos, and partisan interests that set the terms of the ongoing contest between the federal government and the states.
Revered today for articulating America's founding principles, the first 10 amendments to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, were in fact a political stratagem executed by James Madison to preserve the Constitution, the federal government, and the latter's authority over the states. In the skilled hands of award-winning historian Carol Berkin, the story of the Founders' fight over the Bill of Rights comes alive in a gripping drama of partisan politics, acrimonious debate, and manipulated procedure. From this familiar story of a Congress at loggerheads, an important truth emerges.
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