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American Constitutionalism Heard Round the World, 1776-1989A Global Perspective$
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George Athan Billias

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814791073

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814791073.001.0001

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Of Constitutions and Constitutionalisms

Of Constitutions and Constitutionalisms

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American Constitutionalism Heard Round the World, 1776-1989

George Athan Billias

NYU Press

This book examines the influence of American constitutionalism abroad. It considers the extent to which the six seminal documents that comprised the core of American constitutionalism—the American Declaration of Independence, the first state constitutions, the Articles of Confederation, the U.S. Constitution, The Federalist, and the American Bill of Rights—were used by new democracies in their process of nation building. It also discusses the role of American constitutionalism in the spread of democracy worldwide, along with the features of American constitutionalism used by other peoples as they created their own frameworks of government. Finally, the book explores the influence of the ideas of freedom and equality found in the Declaration, the formal and informal arrangements of government inscribed in the U.S. Constitution, and the protection of individual rights set out in the Bill of Rights.

Keywords:   nation building, democracy, American constitutionalism, American Declaration of Independence, state constitutions, Articles of Confederation, U.S. Constitution, The Federalist, American Bill of Rights, freedom

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