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Published: 22 February 2018

368 Pages


ISBN: 9780190692551

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The Civic Constitution

Civic Visions and Struggles in the Path toward Constitutional Democracy

Elizabeth Beaumont

  • Synthesizes in-depth historical accounts with important theoretical arguments to challenge prevailing legal and theoretical approaches to questions about the source of constitutionalism
  • Argues that revolutionaries, anti-federalists, abolitionists, and suffragists should be recognized as civic founders and co-founders of the U.S. Constitution
  • Explores the role of engaged citizens and social movements in shaping the legal text and terms of modern constitutionalism

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