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James Wilson versus the Bill of Rights: Progress, Popular Sovereignty, and the Idea of the U.S. Constitution

Americans today may take the Bill of Rights for granted, but its inclusion in the U.S. Constitution originally was controversial. To understand why, I turn to James Wilson, a leading statesman of the founding era and the chief opponent of the Bill of Rights. Among other things, Wilson thought a... Full description

1st Person: Zink, James R.
Source: in Political research quarterly : PRQ : official journal of the Western Political Science Association and other associations Vol. 67, No. 2 (2014), p. 253-265
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Type of Publication: Article
Language: English
Published: 2014
Keywords: research-article
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Summary: Americans today may take the Bill of Rights for granted, but its inclusion in the U.S. Constitution originally was controversial. To understand why, I turn to James Wilson, a leading statesman of the founding era and the chief opponent of the Bill of Rights. Among other things, Wilson thought a bill of rights would bind future generations to an incomplete list of rights and deprive them of the right to define individual rights over time. His arguments against a constitutional bill of rights also offer a useful view of the complexity and diversity of American founding era thought.
Item Description: Copyright: Copyright © 2014 The University of Utah
Physical Description: Online-Ressource
ISSN: 1065-9129

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