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Author Breslin, Beau, 1966- author.

Title A constitution for the living : imagining how five generations of Americans would rewrite the nation's fundamental law / Beau Breslin
Published Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, [2021]


Description 1 online resource (xix, 359 pages)
Contents 1787 : an introduction -- 1825 -- 1863 -- 1903 -- 1953 -- 2022
Summary "Beau Breslin imagines what constitutions would have looked like throughout America's history if Thomas Jefferson's call for a new constitution every generation had been followed. Though based on the underlying and competing philosophies of the Jefferson and Madison debates, the main focus of this book is a creative yet historically-grounded imagining of various generations' Constitutional Conventions. Breslin works through US history, drawing on state constitutional debates to consider what could have happened on the federal level at various periods in America. He then turns to the future, and outlines what a constitutional convention of the next generation could potentially reveal, where we've been, and where we're going as nation. Reflecting on the meaning and importance of the Constitution, Breslin's manuscript reveals a broader and more important conversation about whether now is the time to scrap the Constitutional experiment and start all over"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on March 24, 2021)
Subject Constitutional history -- United States.
Constitutional law -- United States.
Imaginary histories.
LAW -- Constitutional.
Constitutional history
Constitutional law
Imaginary histories
United States
Genre/Form Counterfactual histories
Counterfactual histories.
Histoires contrefactuelles.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2020035300
ISBN 9781503627543