Thursday, January 12, 2006

The Founders' Constitution

An invaluable aid to all those seeking a deeper understanding of one our nation's most important legal documents.

In this unique anthology, Philip B. Kurland and Ralph Lerner draw on the writings of a wide array of people engaged in the problem of making popular government safe, steady, and accountable. The documents included range from the early seventeenth century to the 1830s, from the reflections of philosophers to popular pamphlets, from public debates in ratifying conventions to the private correspondence of the leading political actors of the day.
I linked to this not just beause it has a ton of nifty documetns but because my daughter was issued a new Civics book today. Brand new! And it contained (I paraphrase) not only really cool stuff like 'The Bill of Rights' and 'The Mayflower Compact' but also they lyrics to 'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot'.

Sweet bleeding thorny-headed Jesus. They're shoving gospel lyrics into textbooks now. I am not astounded because of church - state seperation issues but ... song lyrics. In a civics text. The mind reels.
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