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The Making of America - The Substance and Meaning of the Constitution

The Making of America - The Substance and Meaning of the Constitution


Dr. Skousen spent decades reading and researching America's founding principles. "The Making of America" is all about the world's greatest political success formula. In a little over a century, this formula allowed a small segment of the human family-- less than 6 percent -- to become the richest nation on earth. It allowed them to originate more than half of the world's total production and enjoy the highest standard of living in the history of the world.

In this book we tell the Founding Fathers' story. Much of it is told in the works of the Founders themselves. The reader can feel the power of their minds sweeping away centuries of bad government and bad laws to formulate a whole new society based on human freedom.

This book is a study guide on our Constitution. Each of the 287 Principles or provisions in our founding document is explained in statements by the founders themselves and reveals their reasoning for applying each principle in the Constitution.

Today, students of Constitutional law can become scholars on the laws that shaped America's unique form of government--the oldest Constitution in the entire world.

This book answers these basic questions:

1. Was America meant to be

  A. A Republic

  B. A Democracy

  C. Neither

  D. Both

2. Why were U.S. Senators originally elected by their State Legislature?

3. What were the general feelings of the original Founders regarding slavery?

4. What were the 3 major topics that were to be taught in public schools (and it wasn't just Reading, Writing and Arithmetic)?

5. What was the significance of the Separation of Powers between Congress, the Executive and the Supreme Court?

6. Where did the Founders get all their from, and what book is the most commonly quoted by them?

Just to name a few!