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Murphy xiii Contributors xxi The Making of the Constitution, 1776-1789 Leonard W. Levy 1 Commentary by Joyce Appleby 11 The People of the Constitution: Persons Remembered and Persons Forgotten Richard B. Morris 15 Commentary by Yolanda T. Moses 42 Expanding Civic Virtue: Participation and the Constitution Sarah Weddington 47 Commentary by Judge Charles E. Wiggins 53 Political Parties and Article VIII of the Constitution Austin Ranney 57 Commentary by Daniel A. Mazmanian 69 The Right to Vote: Constitutional Principles and Contemporary Ramifications C.
Far from trying to create a government to safeguard the interests of the rich, as Beard would have it, Adair found Madison bent on designing a Newtonian mechanism that would neutralize "factions" and at the same time bring to leadership positions persons committed to seeking the public welfare, persons of broad vision and disinterested virtue. While he often approached his research as an intellectual sleuth or cultural detective, Adair was not an antiquarian. Indeed, a second important reason for honoring him in a lecture series about the Constitution derives from his concept of the uses of history and scholarship.
What about the darkly hinted prognoses of early critics like Alexis de Tocqueville Page xix and Henry Adams that committing our nation to both individual liberty and mass democracy would result in mediocre government, uncreative culture, and sullen selfishness? Civic virtue, as Sarah Weddington has pointed out, is the means by which thoughtful Americans now, as well as two hundred years ago, believe we can overcome the inevitable attendant ills of mass government. Civic virtue is intended to refine individual passion and interest, majority-powered conformity, and potential tyranny into selfless action for the common good.
A grand experiment: the constitution at 200 : essays from the Douglass Adair Symposia, Volume 1986 by Douglass Adair, John Allphin Moore, John Edwin Murphy