The Resource Power versus liberty : Madison, Hamilton, Wilson, and Jefferson, James H. Read

Power versus liberty : Madison, Hamilton, Wilson, and Jefferson, James H. Read

Label
Power versus liberty : Madison, Hamilton, Wilson, and Jefferson
Title
Power versus liberty
Title remainder
Madison, Hamilton, Wilson, and Jefferson
Statement of responsibility
James H. Read
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Does every increase in the power of government entail a loss of liberty for the people? James H. Read examines how four key Founders--James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, James Wilson, and Thomas Jefferson--wrestled with this question during the first two decades of the American Republic. Power versus Liberty reconstructs a four-way conversation--sometimes respectful, sometimes shrill--that touched on the most important issues facing the new nation: the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, federal authority versus states' rights, freedom of the press, the controversial Bank of the United States, the relation between nationalism and democracy, and the elusive meaning of "the consent of the governed."Each of the men whose thought Read considers differed on these key questions. Jefferson believed that every increase in the power of government came at the expense of liberty: energetic governments, he insisted, are always oppressive. Madison believed that this view was too simple, that liberty can be threatened either by too much or too little governmental power. Hamilton and Wilson likewise rejected the Jeffersonian view of power and liberty but disagreed with Madison and with each other. The question of how to reconcile energetic government with the liberty of citizens is as timely today as it was in the first decades of the Republic. It pervades our political discourse and colors our readings of events from the confrontation at Waco to the Oklahoma City bombing to Congressional debate over how to spend the government surplus. While the rhetoric of both major political parties seems to posit a direct relationship between the size of our government and the scope of our political freedoms, the debates of Madison, Hamilton, Wilson, and Jefferson confound such simple dichotomies. As Read concludes, the relation between power and liberty is inherently complex
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
320/.0973/09033
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
JA84.U5
LC item number
R37 2000eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Power versus liberty : Madison, Hamilton, Wilson, and Jefferson, James H. Read
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 89
  • 5.
  • Thomas Jefferson, Liberty, and the States
  • 119
  • 2.
  • James Madison on Power and Liberty
  • 25
  • 3.
  • Alexander Hamilton as Libertarian and Nationalist
  • 55
  • 4.
  • James Wilson and the Idea of Popular Sovereignty
Control code
ocn827947355
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 201 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780813924601
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt6t9rnv
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b29059756
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)827947355
  • pebcs081392460X

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