Today we’d like to thank our loyal readers with a book giveaway. We will randomly select a winner to receive a free copy of acclaimed historian Ray Raphael’s newest volume Constitutional Myths: What We got Wrong and How to Get It Right. To enter, simply leave a comment below before noon EST on Friday, March 29.
Americans love to reference the Constitution as the ultimate source of truth. But which truth? What did the framers really have in mind? In Constitutional Myths, Raphael places the document in its historical context, dispensing little-known facts and debunking popular preconceived notions. For instance, the Constitutional Convention started on May 25 and ended on September 17. If it had ended only two weeks earlier, our government would have looked very different. The president would be chosen by Congress to serve a seven-year term, and he could not be re-elected. There would be no vice president. The Senate, not the president, would negotiate treaties and make appointments. These major alterations were made in committee on September 4, and the rest of the delegates were too weary to challenge them.
To sort out truth from fiction, Ray Raphael takes a balanced approach. For each myth, he first notes the kernel of truth it represents, since most myths have some basis in fact. Then he presents a big “BUT” — the larger context that reveals what the myth distorts. Finally, and this is the heart of the story, he offers a complete chronological rendering of each subject. Only by entering the world of the framers can we understand how and why they fashioned the United States Constitution.
Leave your comment below to be entered to win this book! Friday afternoon (March 29) we will randomly select the winner and notify them via the comments below. Good luck!