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Beyond the FoundersNew Approaches to the Political History of the Early American Republic$
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Jeffrey L. Pasley, Andrew W. Robertson, and David Waldstreicher

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780807828892

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807898833_pasley

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Beyond the Myth of Consensus

Beyond the Myth of Consensus

The Struggle to Define the Right to Bear Arms in the Early Republic

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(p.251) 9 Beyond the Myth of Consensus
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Beyond the Founders
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Saul Cornell

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807898833_pasley.13

In the period between 1776 and 1828, Americans from all walks of life entered into a wide-ranging debate about the nature of constitutional government. During that period, the founders were deeply divided over many basic constitutional questions such as the meaning of federalism or the nature of freedom of the press. This chapter focuses on the constitutional debate over the right to bear arms in the early republic. It suggests that the argument between Federalists and anti-Federalist over the right to bear arms was closely connected to the larger debate over the meaning of federalism.

Keywords:   constitutional government, federalism, freedom, press, Federalists, anti-Federalists

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