Abstract

“Abandoning the Revolution: An Analysis of the Ideals of the American Government and their Betrayal in the United States Constitution”

Maryrose Milkovich 

While it is often thought that the Constitution was a document meant to embody and protect the principles fought for in the Revolution, upon closer inspection, it is clear that the Constitution constituted an effort on the part conservative party to temper the sudden widespread political participation that resulted from the Revolution. By examining the political and economic motives of both the radicals and conservatives of the 1760s-1780s, it is evident that the advocates of the Revolutionary movement and those who created the Constitution held opposing views on the roles of government and the people. This study discovers that the Constitution was by no means a democratically-motivated attempt to protect ideals achieved in the Revolution but was, in fact, an effort to reduce individual political power and protect the economic interests of certain individuals and groups.

 
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