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Unfit for DemocracyThe Roberts Court and the Breakdown of American Politics$
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Stephen E. Gottlieb

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780814732427

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814732427.001.0001

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(p.3) 1 Legacies
Unfit for Democracy

Stephen E. Gottlieb

NYU Press

To guarantee a future for democracy in America, the founding generation wanted to nurture democracy with a republican spirit—egalitarian and dedicated to public welfare. They wanted to enable democracy by encouraging a broad distribution of resources; controlling those under arms; and unification across the diversity of the young immigrant nation. Their primary tools were new systems of education, commerce, finance, law, land, and settlement.

Keywords:   commerce, democracy in America, distribution of resources, diversity, education, egalitarian, land, republican, unification

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