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p. 253. Achievements and challenges

The history the founding fathers madelocked

  • R. B. Bernstein


For seven decades, the founding fathers played pivotal roles in creating an American nation and its constitutional system. “Achievements and challenges: The history the founding fathers made” looks at the steps taken to achieve independence, nationhood, and constitutional government. It considers the creation of state and national constitutions; the drafting of the Bill of Rights; federalism and state sovereignty; the setting up of both federal and state courts and judicial power; the evolution of political parties; church-state relations; and issues of slavery and women’s rights. The founding fathers were human beings who dared greatly and achieved greatly, but they were also beset by flaws and failings common to humanity.

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