In this thought-provoking book, Lance Banning examines the reflections of Jefferson and Madison on the purpose and need for a bill of rights, their discussion of the nature and necessity of "public spirit" in a republic, of the usefulness of political rebellion, and Jefferson's reminder that "the earth belongs . . . to the living." The author adds selected primary documents to enhance each chapter. This interchange between two of America's greatest thinkers reveals the way in which the two men thought about democracy, public debt, the ownership of property, and the relationship between the present and future generations. Banning provides a glimpse into the intellectual world of the Founders, as well as insight into our own.
Lance Banning is author of The Sacred Fire of Liberty: James Madison and the Creation of the Federal Republic and The Jeffersonian Persuasion: Evolution of a Party Ideology.
Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 A Declaration of Essential Rights Chapter 4 "The Earth Belongs to the Living": Property and Public Debt in a Republic Chapter 5 Public Spirit Chapter 6 Introductory Documents Chapter 7 Documents for Chapter One Chapter 8 Documents for Chapter Two Chapter 9 Documents for Chapter Three Chapter 10 Reading Further Chapter 11 Index