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What does the Constitution, written for a different era, mean for us today?
Dismissing preconceptions and commonly held beliefs, this provocative volume firmly positions the document and its framers within their 18th-century context while exploring how and why it was created as it was—historical insights necessary, Raphael contends, to understand how those framers would approach current issues were they alive today. Meticulously researched, the book sounds a vital call for a reasoned and evidence-driven debate about the core purposes of the nation’s founding document—and the government it designed. Appendixes supply relevant primary source documents.