Unite or Die

Unite or Die

How Thirteen States Became A Nation

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The thirteen ORIGINAL colonies! Together again! One night only!

The children of Forest Lake Elementary School trod the boards in a dramatic reenactment of how the United States Constitution came to be. After the Revolution, the young United States was anything but united. The states acted like thirteen separate countries, with their own governments, laws, and currencies. It took bravery, smarts, and a lot of compromises to create a workable system of government under the new constitution.

Full of facts about our fledgling democracy, the call for a national government, and the Constitutional Convention, this book presents American history with personality, good humor, and energy. This show is not to be missed.

Jef Czekaj’s exuberant illustrations capture the excitement of opening night and the elation of the birth of a nation.

Baker & Taylor
Presented as a school play, a story of the American Revolution traces the challenges, conflicts, and compromises that shaped the United States Constitution and brought unity to the states.

Baker
& Taylor

Presented as a school play, a story of the American Revolution traces the challenges, conflicts, and compromises that shaped the United States Constitution and brought unity to the states. Simultaneous.

Publisher: Watertown : Charlesbridge, 2009
ISBN: 9781580891899
1580891896
Branch Call Number: J 973.3 JULES
Characteristics: 48 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Czekaj, Jef - Illustrator

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"Full of facts about our fledgling democracy"?

The Constitution itself promises a republican form of government. True, the first three words are populist, but they should be treated with suspicion for several reasons. The most important reason to reject "We the People" is that the phrase attributes political authority to everyone regardless of age, intelligence, character, experience, education, delusion, knowledge, and wisdom. Even children, drug addicts, and the rabidly superstitious must be counted among "the People", so we should condemn the preamble as foolish---even perverse.

Now, we are all familiar with phrases such as "federal government" and "Federal Bureau of Investigation", but the "Federalists" great work of "UNION" promises no federation of republics. Because of the Constitution, the word, "States", has come to mean provinces, for practical purposes. Further, both major parties, but esp. the Democrats, strive daily to reduce the provinces, which we may call the demes of the "fledgling democracy", into mere administrative appendages of the DC. The obvious long-term trend is toward ever greater concentration of power and wealth into ever fewer hands. As suspected by critics in the 1780s, the Constitution transformed a federal "empire" (Federalist No. 1) of little republics into an evil, ugly monster.

Another problem in this cute, emotional work ("Unite or Die"!) can be found on p. 36, where Article VII is mentioned. A truthful author would have called attention to the fact that the Constitution presupposes its own "Establishment", at least in part, prior to "Ratification". Article VII pretends that you don't have to wait for ratification and establishment before you may begin to act as if the Constitution states law. But Jacqueline Jules is no truthful author, and we still lack a good reason to believe that the great Constitution has the authority popularly ascribed to it.

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