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  • First Principles Series Report posted August 20, 2012 by William A. Schambra The Origins and Revival of Constitutional Conservatism: 1912 and 2012

    Abstract: The Framers of our Constitution drew a distinction between unfettered democratic rule and the constrained republicanism of the Constitution. In the Republican convention of 1912, two candidates with diametrically opposed views of what sovereignty of the people meant were pitted against each other. On one side, incumbent President William Howard Taft defended the…

  • First Principles Series Report posted July 18, 2007 by Thomas G. West, Ph.D., William A. Schambra The Progressive Movement and the Transformation of American Politics

    Progressivism was the reform movement that ran from the late 19th century through the first decades of the 20th century, during which leading intellectuals and social reformers in the United States sought to address the economic, political, and cultural questions that had arisen in the context of the rapid changes brought with the Industrial Revolution and the growth…

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