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A necessary evil : a history of American distrust of government

Author: Garry Wills
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, [1999] ©1999
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
The author blames American's long-standing mistrust of government on a misreading of history, and a fundamental misunderstanding of the Founding Fathers.
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Wills, Garry, 1934-
Necessary evil.
New York : Simon & Schuster, ©1999
(OCoLC)605993050
Online version:
Wills, Garry, 1934-
Necessary evil.
New York : Simon & Schuster, ©1999
(OCoLC)607351693
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Garry Wills
ISBN: 0684844893 9780684844893
OCLC Number: 41606289
Description: 365 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Key to brief citations --
Introduction --
1. Revolutionary myths. Minutemen --
Term limits --
2. Constitutional myths. Sovereign states --
Checking efficiency --
Co-equal branches --
The uses of faction --
Bill of Rights --
No standing army --
3. Nullifiers. John Taylor of Caroline : father of nullification --
Jefferson : prophet of nullification --
Madison : abettor of nullification --
Nullification North : Hartford Convention --
Nullification South : John C. Calhoun --
--
Academic nullifiers --
4. Seceders. Civil War --
5. Insurrectionists. From Daniel Shays to Timothy McVeigh --
Academic insurrectionists --
6. Vigilantes. Groups : from regulators to clinic bombings --
Individuals : frontier --
Individuals : NRA --
7. Withdrawers. Individuals : from Thoreau to Mencken --
Groups : from Brook Farm to hippie communes --
8. Disobeyers. From Dr. King to SDS --
9. A necessary good. The uses of government --
The uses of fear --
Conclusion --
Notes --
Index.
Responsibility: Garry Wills.

Abstract:

In his first major historical work since his Pulitzer prize-winning "Lincoln in Gettysburg, " Wills examines anti-government attitudes--from the revolt of the colonies against King and parliament to  Read more...
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