Toward A More Perfect Union

Six Essays on the Constitution

Edited by Neil L. York

Subjects: Constitutional Studies
Paperback : 9780887069260, 188 pages, December 1988
Hardcover : 9780887069253, 188 pages, January 1989

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Table of contents


I. The Political Ideology of the Founders
Gordon S. Wood

II. Consitutional Politics: States, Sections, and the National Interest
Peter S. Onuf

III. 1787 and 1776: Patrick Henry, James Madison, the Constitution, and the Revolution
Lance Banning

IV. Religion, Public Virtue, and the Founding of the American Republic
Richard Vetterli and Gary C. Bryner

V. Recovering "First Principles": Critical Perspectives on the Constitution and the Fate of Classical Republicanism
John Patrick Diggins

VI. The Original Understanding and the Unwritten Constitution
Thomas C. Grey

Further Reading



Toward a More Perfect Union is the last of a three-volume series examining the Constitution—as it was drafted and ratified, and the uses made of it over the past two hundred years. Each volume includes essays first presented at conferences on the Bicentennial of the Constitution held at Brigham Young University in 1985, 1986, and 1987, and several additional essays written especially for these anthologies.

Lance Banning is a Professor of History at the University of Kentucky.