Ronald Reagan President of the United States The National Center for Constitutional Studiesis doing a fine public service in educating Americans about the principles of the Constitution For many years in the United States, there has been a gradual drifting away from the Founding Fathers original success formula This has resulted in some of their most unique contributions for a free and prosperous society becoming lost or misunderstood Therefore, there has been a need to review the history and development of the making of America in order to recapture the brilliant precepts which made Americans the first free people in modern times The Making of America provides a wealth of material on the Founding Father s intentions when drafting the American Constitution It is one of the most thorough compilations of statements by the Framers relating to constitutional interpretation, and addresses the Constitution clause by clause providing resources on the Founder s intent of each clause The National Center for Constitutional Studies, a nonprofit educational foundation, was created in order to revive those original American concepts in all of their initial brilliance and vitality The very fact that many of them are becoming obscure and misunderstood emphasizes the urgency of the task The study for The Making of America extended over a period of nearlyyears, and an organized effort to present this information in a published text was a concerted endeavor of nearlyyearsIt will be observed that many new insights are provided in the writings of the Founders for the solution to serious economic, political and social problems plaguing the world today It is felt that a study of The Making of America can be of lasting value to all who have a serious concern for the general welfare of not only America but all mankind


10 thoughts on “The Making of America: The Substance and Meaning of the Constitution

  1. Teri Teri says:

    5 STARS I ve read this book, several times as I taught my class on the Constitution It s a hard book to beat This is definitly second book anyone in America should ever read to understand the Constitution The first book being The 5,000 Year Leap by the same author This book, I like to say, is the dissection of the U.S Constitution It was 40 yrs in the making by the author, traveling around the world and gathering mainly primary sources for all definitions, explanation, and expounding on 5 STARS I ve read this book, several times as I taught my class on the Constitution It s a hard book to beat This is definitly second book anyone in America should ever read to understand the Constitution The first book being The 5,000 Year Leap by the same author This book, I like to say, is the dissection of the U.S Constitution It was 40 yrs in the making by the author, traveling around the world and gathering mainly primary sources for all definitions, explanation, and expounding on all things Constitution This book will teach the reader about every single Provision found in the Constitution What is a provision Well, you dissect the Constitution by Article, then Section, then Clause, normally But if you dig deeper into each clause you find the provisions or in other words, the sentences Yes, sentence by sentence, this book dissects the Constitution, telling not only what that sentence meant in the eyes of the Founders, and how it has come to mean what it means today sometimes those ar the same, sometimes they are different meanings , but it also teaches the history behind each provision, each clause, each section and article why the Founders included it, and even why they did not include certain other provisions making sense out of the entire Constitution and it s true meaning and application.Something that stands out from reading this, is the understanding that the Founders did not create this heaven inspired document for an agrarian, antiquated society, but they wrote it with Human Nature in mind something they knew very well never changes Hence in their view the Constitution was not a living Constitution, in the manner we define that today but rather it was a bolting down of the formal governance of this republic so that the whims of men would not drag our nation from one end of the political spectrum anarchy to the other end Tyranny This Constitution is applicable to all people throughout all the ages of the world Secondly, something that also stands out repeatedly is how this Constitution truly was written for a moral and religious people, just as John Adams stated and as Benjamin Franklin intimated, and it is wholly inadequate to the governance of any other I think in 2019 we are seeing the real application of that principle, as we see a society losingandof its morality and religious base, and as a consequence a society that is becomingsavage not only in its communication but in its manner of living and behavior as well A third important point is the definition of things such as militia , separation of church and state , andsuch misinterpreted phrases that today are flung about as if they mean one thing, but in reality mean a completely opposite thing This books lays out the history and background of each of this, as the student reader proceeds through the pages In all, it is the most perfect book there is on the Constitution Highly recommended for people ages 14 the reader must have a good grasp of the English language as many quotes are shared and principles explained in ways that people no longer seem to understand, since our government schools and lackadaisical grammar in today s authors have seemed to dumb down our population A MUST READ


  2. Patrick Patrick says:

    Working on this one a bit Seems to be pushing Skousen s agenda again, the principles he claims the founders meant, but mysteriously showed up in 5000 Yr Leap I m dubious of the accuracy, but just flipped through and started the biographies Even selecting the summaries from that particular source shows Skousen s uncritical desire to build up these guys as united, inspired men I think they were inspired in an overall way, but they fought constantly for their states benefits and not all voted Working on this one a bit Seems to be pushing Skousen s agenda again, the principles he claims the founders meant, but mysteriously showed up in 5000 Yr Leap I m dubious of the accuracy, but just flipped through and started the biographies Even selecting the summaries from that particular source shows Skousen s uncritical desire to build up these guys as united, inspired men I think they were inspired in an overall way, but they fought constantly for their states benefits and not all voted in favor of the constitution I think it passed by one vote.Later Read a big chunk of this did not finish Skousen is not a scholar or academic in the usual sense of the words He gathers a lot of information and presents it in one sided fashion to support his worldview I want to learnabout Anglo Saxon common law and rate itmerit than when I read The 5000 Year Leap, but I still strongly doubt it was commonly applied as Skousen presents Those same wise peaceful Saxons were also the bloodthirsty raiders of Arthurian legend This book does not present an accurate, full picture of our nation s founding Thomas Jefferson was a brilliant man and philosopher, but also a terribly political, short sighted actual leader All accounts presented as facts must be taken with a small shaker of salt


  3. Heather Heather says:

    This book is wonderful I am fasinated by the constitution and decloration of independance and enjoy learning about how they came about and what was sacrificed for our free country I sometimes wonder what these great americans who basically layed down the foundation of our country would think if they saw what was going on today I think they do see it, I just wish I knew what they are thinking


  4. Kaleen Kaleen says:

    I enjoyed learning about how the Constitution came into being I also appreciated the Constitutionby reading this book I feel that this is such an amazing country and the men that helped shape it should be honored.


  5. Becky Becky says:

    Well, let s face it This book isof a textbook, and I don t know if I ll ever read the whole thing cover to cover But it is a great reference book with very valuable information I m sure I will continue to study out of this book Every home in America should have it.


  6. Heidi Heidi says:

    Every American should read this book We need to know our history, know our founding fathers and the sacrifices and lifetime commitment they gave for our country, our freedom They were truly men inspired of God, they made mistakes for sure but through it all they have thanksgiving to God.


  7. Angela Angela says:

    What a great book for helping one understand the constitution completely There were many great insights as to how certain amendments were passed, quotes from the founders to understand their thoughtsfully and an interesting way of presenting the information It is long with over 700 pages but can be skimmed at times A must read when wanting to understand the constitution.


  8. Julia M Julia M says:

    A very detailed look at EVERY part of the constitution.


  9. Jon Jon says:

    I don t know how I could have a political opinion for national politics without reading this book first I still need to learn so much History is the teacher to look to Jefferson learned most from history and his observations of it It was interesting to know that the basic political differences people have have always been around and that there will be two sets of people those for freedom and those for having others force them to do what they desire It s unfortunate today that the two major I don t know how I could have a political opinion for national politics without reading this book first I still need to learn so much History is the teacher to look to Jefferson learned most from history and his observations of it It was interesting to know that the basic political differences people have have always been around and that there will be two sets of people those for freedom and those for having others force them to do what they desire It s unfortunate today that the two major political parties today stand for the latter.This book has taught me that I need to continue to learnhistory so I can better understand the world of today It would have been nice if the book expoundedon some of the constitutional principles, it seemed to gloss over some of them.Favorite quotes John Adams was equally explicit Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other Comparing the Israelite law which influenced the making of the Constitution to that of the Constitution There was major emphasis on strong local self government It seems many of the strifes that people have for one another politically could be solved by localizing many of the issues and keeping to the basic tenants in the constitution, i.e., keep the federal government to only constitutional issues and restoring some of the basic principles that separated the powers of the federal government


  10. Lane Dockstader Lane Dockstader says:

    I am currently reading this book, and am on about page 130.It is a great discussion on the Constitution, and how it came to be.So far, there are two things that I am most impressed with First of all, the scholarly background of Thomas Jefferson He was very well read in many subjects He would typically stay up until 2am reading He was so well read that when he went before the bar, for his legal training, the members of the board were unanimous in saying that he seemed to knowabout the l I am currently reading this book, and am on about page 130.It is a great discussion on the Constitution, and how it came to be.So far, there are two things that I am most impressed with First of all, the scholarly background of Thomas Jefferson He was very well read in many subjects He would typically stay up until 2am reading He was so well read that when he went before the bar, for his legal training, the members of the board were unanimous in saying that he seemed to knowabout the law, than they did.Another thing that was interesting to consider, was the limited resources of the army under the original Articles of Confederation The members of the early army were without the basic necessities of food and decent clothing During the wintertime, especially, they went through periods of near starvation The problem was that the United States did not have power to tax the people at this time Any money put forth was on a voluntary basis of the states At this time, for the most part, the states did nothing and so the army practically starved to death This book helps me to realize the sacrifices, not only of our military today, but also in the beginning of our country as well