Foreward This Week 09.05.07:
“The People’s Guide to the United States Constitution by Dave Kluge presents readers with a brief background of the events that led to the writing of the nation’s most important document, including John Locke’s writings, Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, the Revolution, and the Declaration of Independence. The author describes the foundations of democracy in ancient Greece and the public debate that took place in newspapers of the original colonies over the principles that should be included in the new Constitution.
‘The American government … is the oldest, continuously existing form in a major nation in the world today,’ Kluge writes. ‘All other major nations have undergone significant changes in their forms of government since the American Revolution of 1776.”
He uses Noah Webster’s 1828 dictionary to define many key terms used by the framers of the Constitution, since these definitions most closely resemble their original intentions. The Constitution’s most significant points are summarized and the document is reproduced in full with terms like “direct tax” and “pro tempore” defined in brackets.
[Kluge’s book] brings something new to the table and will inspire readers to think about their place in this democracy.”