Seeking the Middle: Balancing Theory and Reality in the American Republic 1776-1787

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Berman, Alexander, “Seeking the Middle: Balancing Theory and Reality in the American Republic 1776-1787,” Scholar@Simmons, accessed April 4, 2020, https://beatleyweb.simmons.edu/scholar/items/show/339.

Title

Seeking the Middle: Balancing Theory and Reality in the American Republic 1776-1787

Creator

Berman, Alexander

Date

2012

Description

This thesis is an analysis on the development of the American political system between 1776 and 1787. During this time American politicians created a theoretically sound, but practically ill suited documents at both the state and national levels. The realization that these documents could not adequately address the problems associated with day to day governance gradually led to the realization that the political systems and documentation required substantial reformation. The resulting Federal Constitution resulted from a desire for substantial reformation and a series of compromises between anti Federalist and Federalist elements.

Central to the entire process were the political ideas and structures created by or built upon by James Madison and Thomas Jefferson. These men were directly responsible for framing the debate over Constitutional construction. The resulting document although substantially altered reflected their general guidelines concerning good governance.

Publisher

Simmons College (Boston, Mass.)

Format

1 PDF (81 Pages)

Language

English

Type

Masters Theses