Crossroads for Liberty
Crossroads for Liberty

Crossroads for Liberty

Recovering the Anti-Federalist Values of America's First Constitution


336 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Hardcover, ebook: EPUB, Mobipocket, ebook: PDF

Hardcover, $32.95 (US $32.95) (CA $39.95)

Publication Date: October 2016

ISBN 9781598132793


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What did the American Founders actually intend for the country, and does it even matter today? If America began as an idea, then what kind of idea? In a time of increasing turmoil over American history, politics, and society, Crossroads for Liberty: Recovering the Anti-Federalist Values of America's First Constitution takes a surprising and thought-provoking look at the American Revolution, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution, and asks what we can learn from them. Author William Watkins casts a critical eye on conventional wisdom about the Articles of Confederation, as he outlines the differences between that original U.S. governing document and the Constitution, which replaced it. He finds that the Articles protected individual liberty and community-centered government in ways that the looser language of the U.S. Constitution did not. Watkins draws from contemporary examples of bureaucratic overreach and expansion to support his argument—examples that were startlingly predicted by proponents of small government at the time of the Constitution's adoption. Along the way, he points back to the Articles and the values of the American Revolution as a framework for reimagining American politics to foster liberty and truly representative governance. Crossroads for Liberty arrives at an important time in American political life, and its reexamination of the American Founding presents a significant contribution to the story about America. Readers will come away with a greater understanding of current political and constitutional issues, as well as a new perspective on American history.

Author Biography

William J. Watkins, Jr. is the author of Reclaiming the American Revolution, Patent Trolls, and Judicial Monarchs. He is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, and has worked as both a prosecutor and defense lawyer. William is a summa cum laude graduate of Clemson University and cum laude graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law.

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