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Rakove, Jack N. 1947-

Works: 96 works in 273 publications in 3 languages and 16,074 library holdings
Genres: History  Constitutional amendments  Constitutions  Biography  Records and correspondence  Sources  Juvenile works  Pictorial works  Fiction  Portraits 
Roles: Author, Other, Editor, Author of introduction, Thesis advisor, Commentator
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Most widely held works by Jack N Rakove
The annotated U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence by Jack N Rakove( )

13 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and held by 3,072 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian serves as a guide to the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence, providing historical contexts and offering interpretive commentary
Original meanings : politics and ideas in the making of the Constitution by Jack N Rakove( Book )

27 editions published between 1961 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 2,228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What did the U.S. Constitution originally mean, and who has understood its meaning best? Do we look to the intentions of its framers at the Federal Convention of 1787, or to those of its ratifiers in the states? Or should we trust our own judgment in deciding whether the original meaning of the Constitution should still guide its later interpretation? These are the recurring questions in the ongoing process of analyzing and resolving constitutional issues, but they are also questions about the distant events of the eighteenth century. In this book, Jack Rakove approaches the debates surrounding the framing and ratification of the Constitution from the vantage point of history, examining the range of concerns that shaped the politics of constitution-making in the late 1780s, and which illuminate the debate about the role that "originalism" should play in constitutional interpretation
Revolutionaries : a new history of the invention of America by Jack N Rakove( Book )

8 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,869 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this remarkable book, the historian Jack Rakove shows how the private lives of these men were suddenly transformed into public careers--how Washington became a strategist, Franklin a pioneering cultural diplomat, Madison a sophisticated constitutional thinker, and Hamilton a brilliant policymaker. Rakove shakes off accepted notions of these men as godlike visionaries, focusing instead on the evolution of their ideas and the crystallizing of their purpose. In Revolutionaries, we see the founders before they were fully formed leaders, as individuals whose lives were radically altered by the explosive events of the mid-1770s. --from publisher description
Writings by James Madison( Book )

12 editions published between 1984 and 1999 in English and held by 1,773 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

" ... contains 197 essays, addresses, speeches, private memoranda, and letters written between 1772 and 1836. Includes are all 29 of Maddison's contributions to the Federalist ..."
Nature and history in American political development : a debate by James W Ceaser( )

10 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 1,703 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this inaugural volume of the Alexis de Tocqueville Lectures, political scientist James Ceaser traces the way certain ideas, including nature, history, and religion - which he calls foundational ideas - have been understood and used by statesmen and public intellectuals over the course of American history, from the Puritans to the current day. Ceaser treats these ideas not as pure concepts of philosophy or theology, but rather as elements of political discourse that provide the ground or ultimate appeal for other political ideas, such as liberty or equality. At times, they have critically influenced the course of American political development, offering various opportunities and constraints for political leaders. Ceaser traces the histories of these ideas and their relation to other ideas, to practices, and to the fortunes of successive partisan regimes. Three critical commentators - historian Jack Rakove and political theorists Nancy Rosenblum and Rogers Smith - challenge Ceaser & s arguments in several ways. They suggest that other ideas may be considered foundational, and they prod him to clarify further how foundational ideas work politically. Ceaser responds with vigor, and the result is a spirited debate about large and enduring questions in American politics
The beginnings of national politics : an interpretive history of the Continental Congress by Jack N Rakove( Book )

18 editions published between 1979 and 1982 in English and held by 1,121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two momentous meetings at Philadelphia frame the subject of this book. The First Continental Congress of 1774 and the Constitutional convention of 1787. The creation of an effective national government was one of the most difficult and persistent tasks that the Revolutionaries confronted, and it was a problem whose dimensions seemed to change with the course of events. In the early years of the Revolution, union depended largely on the delegates' ability to frame a broadly acceptable strategy of resistance. By the late 1770's and early 1780's it meant devising expedients to sustain a tottering war effort and the morale of a tired populace. After independence was secured, the continued existence of a federal union came to require a thorough and incisive reexamination of major principles of American republicanism
James Madison and the creation of the American Republic by Jack N Rakove( Book )

20 editions published between 1990 and 2007 in English and held by 930 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This biography of the youngest of the founding fathers was written by an ETHS graduate of the class of 1964
The unfinished election of 2000( Book )

7 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 671 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Unfinished Election of 2000 is the first book to examine the strange and unprecedented events of the last election in all their complexity." "Together, these essays offer an election book very different from the ones we are too familiar with: not a journalistic account of campaigning and media strategy, but a reflective assessment of the stranger election in modern American history."--Jacket
Interpreting the Constitution : the debate over original intent( Book )

5 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 518 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Declaring rights : a brief history with documents by Jack N Rakove( Book )

4 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Constitutional culture and democratic rule( Book )

11 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in English and held by 382 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume investigates the nature of constitutional democratic government in the United States and elsewhere. The editors introduce a basic conceptual framework which the contributors clarify and develop in eleven essays organized into three separate sections. The first section deals with constitutional founding and the founders' use of cultural symbols and traditions to facilitate acceptance of a new regime. The second discusses alternative constitutional structures and their effects on political outcomes. The third focuses on processes of constitutional change and on why founders might choose to make formal amendments relatively difficult or easy to achieve. The book is distinctive because it provides comprehensive tools for analyzing and comparing different forms of constitutional democracy. These tools are discussed in ways that will be of interest to students and readers in political science, law, history and political philosophy
Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke( )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This new and up-to-date edition of a book that has been central to political philosophy, history, and revolutionary thought for two hundred years offers readers a dire warning of the consequences that follow the mismanagement of change. Written for a generation presented with challenges of terrible proportions--the Industrial, American, and French Revolutions, to name the most obvious--Burke's Reflections of the Revolution in France displays an acute awareness of how high political stakes can be, as well as a keen ability to set contemporary problems within a wider context of political theory."--Publisher's website
A politician thinking : the creative mind of James Madison by Jack N Rakove( Book )

4 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Engaging and accessible, A Politician Thinking offers new insight concerning a key constitutional thinker and the foundations of the American constitutional system. Having a more thorough understanding of how Madison solved the problems presented in the formation of that system, we better grasp a unique moment of political innovation
Revolutionaries : a new history of the invention of America by Jack N Rakove( )

15 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historian Jack Rakove chronicles the lives of America's forefathers, painting a picture that has been lost on history. Here, Rakove claims that many of America's early leaders, including Washington, Franklin, and Madison, didn't travel to the New World in search of a revolution. Instead, they came in search of fresh beginnings, to start families, and to prosper. Along the way, many of America's forefather's learn gained special skills and traits that would service their cause for independence
The Federalist : the essential essays by Alexander Hamilton( Book )

8 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jack Rakove presents the most crucial and frequently studied federalist essays, published in 1787 and 1788 supporting the ratification of the Constitution, with an introduction to contemporary scholarly thinking about the Constitution and the role these essays played in its adoption
Original meanings : [politics and ideas in the making of the Constitution] by Jack N Rakove( )

7 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What did the U.S. Constitution originally mean, and how can we recover the intentions of its framers? These questions, which resound throughout today's most heated legal and political controversies, lie at the heart of Jack N. Rakove's splendidly readable work of historical analysis
Revolutionaries : inventing an American nation by Jack N Rakove( Book )

5 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Jack Rakove offers a new and revealing perspective on the men who invented America. Much has been written about the military struggle that led to independence, but Rakove is far more concerned with the intellectual one: the competing views of politics, war, diplomacy and society that shaped the very idea of an American nation. Spanning the most crucial decades of the country's birth, from 1772 to 1792, Revolutionaries uses the stories of famous (and not so famous) men to capture - in a way no single biography ever could - the intensely creative period of the republic's founding"--Dust jacket
Founding America : documents from the Revolution to The Bill of Rights( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Barnes & Noble Classics series offers a constellation of influences; biographical, historical and literary, to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works. Modern American politicians refer to ?the founders? so often that they{u2019}re in danger of becoming clichés. But Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Abigail and John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, James Madison, James Monroe, and the other authors included in this new collection were a wholly unique{u2015}and complex{u2015}group of individuals, graced with extraordinary intellectual powers, a profound dedication to their ideals, and a striking ability to articulate those ideals in clear and passionate prose. This original anthology of their writings, many of them far less familiar to us than they should be, demonstrates the depth of their thinking{u2015}and of their disagreements. It covers the full range of events from 1773 to 1789: that is, from the early debates about whether the North American colonies should declare their independence from England, to the ratification of the Constitution and the first ten amendments (the Bill of Rights). Among the documents included are papers from the first and second Continental Congresses, the Articles of Confederation, Washington{u2019}s Farewell Address to his armies, and extensive excerpts from the Federalist papers and the Madison{u2013}Jefferson correspondence on the Constitution
Écrire l'histoire du droit : réflexions méthodologiques by Robert W Gordon( Book )

10 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in French and English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cet ouvrage traite de la façon d'écrire l'histoire du droit. Ces textes contribuent également à la connaissance de l'histoire du droit des Etats-Unis. Ils se placent sous la bannière des Critical Legal Studies mais celle-ci n'impliquait l'adhésion à aucun dogme et à aucune doctrine. Par contre l'intérêt intense pour l'histoire que manifeste ce courant s'avère trouver sa source dans un rejet de la philosophie du droit analytique qui coupe le droit du contexte culturel dans lequel il s'élabore
Revolutionaries by Paul Thomas( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduces ten revolutionaries from different historical periods and from different parts of the world including Samuel Adams, Simón Bolívar, and Mao Zedong
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Original meanings : politics and ideas in the making of the ConstitutionRevolutionaries : a new history of the invention of AmericaWritingsNature and history in American political development : a debateJames Madison and the creation of the American RepublicThe unfinished election of 2000Declaring rights : a brief history with documentsConstitutional culture and democratic rule
Alternative Names
Jack N. Rakove American historian

Jack N. Rakove Amerikaans historicus

Jack N. Rakove historiador estadounidense

Rakove, Jack

Rakove, Jack 1947-

Rakove, Jack Norman

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