Thursday, April 22, 2010

Forgotten Constitutional Founders

Gerald J. Russello, at The University Bookman, reviews 'An Incautious Man: The Life of Gouverneur Morris', by Melanie Miller,
he was so well-regarded that he was appointed to the committee responsible for drafting the actual language of the Constitution, which is largely credited to him. Unlike Martin, who opposed the Federalists tooth and nail, Morris was a Federalist but, as Miller describes, this was to seal his fate. After the election of 1800, the Federalists were voted out and eventually disappeared as a political force. Morris was seen as too aligned with them...
and 'Forgotten Founder, Drunken Prophet: The Life of Luther Martin', by Bill Kauffman.
Martin’s argument was with those who wished to scrap the Articles of Confederation in favor of a document that minimized local rights and threatened individual liberties. In the end he walked out of the Convention because of his concern for the states and individual liberties.