Empire of Liberty – Early Democracy


Teaser – And so the U.S. Constitution was designed in no small part to curb this democracy and the excesses of these state governments:

(…) before the U.S. Constitution was written and in place, the state governments of the thirteen states reigned supreme. Many of these states had constitutions that were bold experiments in democracy, and some state legislatures had more common people in office than gentry. The result was often a chaos — inflation, liberal debtor relief, and even rebellion — that created great discomfort for the founders, who were almost all landed gentry. And so the U.S. Constitution was designed in no small part to curb this democracy and the excesses of these state governments:

“The Federal Constitution of 1787 was designed in part to solve the problems created by the presence in the state legislatures of [common people]. In addition to correcting the deficiencies of the Articles of Confederation, the Constitution was intended to restrain the excesses of democracy and protect minority rights from overbearing majorities in the state legislatures. (…)

Abridged by -keith Full item is here —>  http://www.delanceyplace.com/view-archives.php?p=2830

From – Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815 (Oxford History of the United States)  – Author: Gordon S. Wood – Publisher: Oxford University Press – Copyright 2009 by the Oxford 

Pages 31-33

 

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