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The Resource America's forgotten constitutions : defiant visions of power and community, Robert L. Tsai

America's forgotten constitutions : defiant visions of power and community, Robert L. Tsai

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America's forgotten constitutions : defiant visions of power and community
Title
America's forgotten constitutions
Title remainder
defiant visions of power and community
Statement of responsibility
Robert L. Tsai
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The U.S. Constitution opens by proclaiming the sovereignty of all citizens: 'We the People.' Robert Tsai's gripping history of alternative constitutions invites readers into the circle of those who have rejected this ringing assertion - the defiant groups that refused to accept the Constitution's definition of who 'the people' are and how their authority should be exercised. America's Forgotten Constitutions is the story of America as told by dissenters, squatters, Native Americans, abolitionists, socialists, internationalists, and racial nationalists. Beginning in the nineteenth century, Tsai chronicles eight episodes in which discontented citizens took the extraordinary step of drafting a new constitution. He examines the alternative Americas envisioned by John Brown (who dreamed of a republic purged of slavery), Robert Barnwell Rhett (the Confederate 'father of secession'), and Etienne Cabet (a French Socialist who founded a utopian society in Illinois). Other dreamers include the University of Chicago academics who created a world constitution for the nuclear age; the Republic of New Afrika, which demanded a separate country carved from the Deep South; and the contemporary Aryan movement, which plans to liberate America from multiculturalism and feminism. Countering those who treat constitutional law as a single tradition, Tsai argues that the ratification of the Constitution did not quell debate but kindled further conflicts over basic questions of power and community. He explains how the tradition mutated over time, inspiring generations and disrupting the best-laid plans for simplicity and order. Idealists on both the left and right will benefit from reading these cautionary tales"--Unedited summary from book jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1971-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Tsai, Robert L.
Dewey number
342.7302/92
Index
index present
LC call number
KF4541
LC item number
.T75 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Constitutional history
  • United States
  • United States
  • Autonomy and independence movements
  • Constitutional history
  • Political science
  • United States
  • Autonomiebewegung
  • Verfassungsrecht
  • USA
  • Historia constitucional
  • Estados Unidos
  • Estados Unidos
Label
America's forgotten constitutions : defiant visions of power and community, Robert L. Tsai
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The republic of Indian Stream, 1832-1835 -- The Icarian Nation, 1848-1895 -- John Brown's America, 1856-1859 -- Confederate anxieties, 1860-1865 -- The Sequoyah Convention, 1905 -- A charter for the world, 1947 -- The republic of New Afrika, 1968 -- The Pacific Northwest homeland, 2006
Control code
ocn861478324
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
viii, 352 pages
Isbn
9780674059955
Lccn
2013034546
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780674059955
  • (OCoLC)861478324
Label
America's forgotten constitutions : defiant visions of power and community, Robert L. Tsai
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The republic of Indian Stream, 1832-1835 -- The Icarian Nation, 1848-1895 -- John Brown's America, 1856-1859 -- Confederate anxieties, 1860-1865 -- The Sequoyah Convention, 1905 -- A charter for the world, 1947 -- The republic of New Afrika, 1968 -- The Pacific Northwest homeland, 2006
Control code
ocn861478324
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
viii, 352 pages
Isbn
9780674059955
Lccn
2013034546
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780674059955
  • (OCoLC)861478324

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