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For many years in the United States, there has been a gradual drifting away from the Founding Fathers' original success formula. This has resulted in some of their most unique co. This has resulted in some of their most unique contributions for a free and prosperous society becoming lost or misunderstood.
Therefore, there has been a need to review the history and development of the making of America in order to recapture the brilliant precepts which made Americans the first free people in modern times. The Making of America provides a wealth of material on the Founding Father's intentions when drafting the American Constitution.
It is one of the most thorough compilations of statements by the Framers relating to constitutional interpretation, and addresses the Constitution clause by clause -- providing resources on the Founder's intent of each clause. The National Center for Constitutional Studies, a nonprofit educational foundation, was created in order to revive those original American concepts in all of their initial brilliance and vitality.
The very fact that many of them are becoming obscure and misunderstood emphasizes the urgency of the task. The study for The Making of America extended over a period of nearly 40 years, and an organized effort to present this information in a published text was a concerted endeavor of nearly 14 years. It will be observed that many new insights are provided in the writings of the Founders for the solution to serious economic, political and social problems plaguing the world today.
It is felt that a study of The Making of America can be of lasting value to all who have a serious concern for the general welfare of not only America but all mankind. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem?
Cleon Skousen. Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — The Making of America by W. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 3. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Making of America , please sign up. Isnt this the Cliven Bundy constitution. Annotated and bowdlerized by this man and his foundation as "the real constitution"?
See 1 question about The Making of America…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. Sort order. Nov 27, Teri rated it it was amazing. I've read this book, several times as I taught my class on the Constitution. It's a hard book to beat! This is definitly second book anyone in America should ever read to understand the Constitution!
The first book being The 5, Year Leap by the same author. This book, I like to say, is the "dissection" of the U. It was 40 yrs in the making by the author, traveling around the world and gathering mainly primary sources for all definitions, explanation, and expounding on 5 STARS! It was 40 yrs in the making by the author, traveling around the world and gathering mainly primary sources for all definitions, explanation, and expounding on all-things-Constitution.
This book will teach the reader about every single "Provision" found in the Constitution. What is a "provision"? Well, you dissect the Constitution by Article, then Section, then Clause, normally.
But if you dig deeper into each clause you find the provisions - or in other words, the sentences. Yes, sentence by sentence, this book dissects the Constitution, telling not only what that sentence meant in the eyes of the Founders, and how it has come to mean what it means today sometimes those ar the same, sometimes they are different meanings , but it also teaches the history behind each provision, each clause, each section and article - why the Founders included it, and even why they did not include certain other "provisions" - making sense out of the entire Constitution and it's true meaning and application.
Something that stands out from reading this, is the understanding that the Founders did not create this heaven-inspired document for an agrarian, antiquated society, but they wrote it with Human Nature in mind - something they knew very well never changes.
Hence in their view the Constitution was not a "living" Constitution, in the manner we define that today; but rather it was a bolting-down of the formal governance of this republic so that the whims of men would not drag our nation from one end of the political spectrum anarchy to the other end Tyranny. This Constitution is applicable to all people throughout all the ages of the world.
Secondly, something that also stands out repeatedly is how this Constitution truly was written for a moral and religious people, just as John Adams stated and as Benjamin Franklin intimated, and it is wholly inadequate to the governance of any other. I think in we are seeing the real application of that principle, as we see a society losing more and more of its morality and religious base, and as a consequence a society that is becoming more savage not only in its communication but in its manner of living and behavior as well.
A third important point is the definition of things such as "militia", "separation of church and state", and more such misinterpreted phrases that today are flung about as if they mean one thing, but in reality mean a completely opposite thing.
In all, it is the most perfect book there is on the Constitution. Oct 04, Patrick rated it it was ok Shelves: political-philosophy , history-long-periods , partially-read , us-history. Working on this one a bit. Seems to be pushing Skousen's agenda again, the principles he claims the founders meant, but mysteriously showed up in Yr Leap. I'm dubious of the accuracy, but just flipped through and started the biographies.
Even selecting the summaries from that particular source shows Skousen's uncritical desire to build up these guys as united, inspired men. I think they were inspired in an overall way, but they fought constantly for their states' benefits and not all voted Working on this one a bit.
I think they were inspired in an overall way, but they fought constantly for their states' benefits and not all voted in favor of the constitution. I think it passed by one vote.
Later: Read a big chunk of this--did not finish. Skousen is not a scholar or academic in the usual sense of the words. He gathers a lot of information and presents it in one-sided fashion to support his worldview. I want to learn more about Anglo-Saxon common law and rate it more merit than when I read The Year Leap, but I still strongly doubt it was commonly applied as Skousen presents. Those same wise peaceful Saxons were also the bloodthirsty raiders of Arthurian legend.
This book does not present an accurate, full picture of our nation's founding. Thomas Jefferson was a brilliant man and philosopher, but also a terribly political, short-sighted actual leader. All accounts presented as "facts" must be taken with a small shaker of salt. Nov 09, Heather rated it it was amazing Recommended to Heather by: my mom. This book is wonderful! I am fasinated by the constitution and decloration of independance and enjoy learning about how they came about and what was sacrificed for our free country.
I sometimes wonder what these great americans who basically layed down the foundation of our country would think if they saw what was going on today. I think they do see it, I just wish I knew what they are thinking!
Feb 24, Kaleen rated it really liked it. I enjoyed learning about how the Constitution came into being. I also appreciated the Constitution more by reading this book.
I feel that this is such an amazing country and the men that helped shape it should be honored. Nov 19, Becky rated it it was amazing. Well, let's face it This book is more of a textbook, and I don't know if I'll ever read the whole thing cover to cover.
But it is a great reference book with very valuable information. I'm sure I will continue to study out of this book. Every home in America should have it. Jun 08, Heidi rated it it was amazing Shelves: history. Every American should read this book! We need to know our history, know our founding fathers and the sacrifices and lifetime commitment they gave for our country, our freedom.
They were truly men inspired of God, they made mistakes for sure but through it all they have thanksgiving to God. Jun 18, Angela rated it it was amazing. What a great book for helping one understand the constitution completely. There were many great insights as to how certain amendments were passed, quotes from the founders to understand their thoughts more fully and an interesting way of presenting the information.
The Making of America: The Substance and Meaning of the Constitution
The Making of America by W Cleon Skousen