Democracy and the U.S. Constitution

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Democracy and the U.S. Constitution
The U.S. Constitution is one of the most important documents in the annals of freedom that has ever been produced. Despite its central role in the founding of institutions that would eventually support the ability of the United States to persevere through Civil War, Depression and World Wars to become a powerful supporter of democratic movements all over the world, the U.S. Constitution nevertheless has flaws that are rooted in the limitations of the founders who wrote it. Perhaps these flaws are no more apparent than in the work of men like James Madison.
Robert Dahl, in his book “How Democratic is the American Constitution” answers his own question by comparing the American constitutional model to...
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.....nding was necessarily limited by the era in which they lived. It is obvious that through its failure to eliminate the slave trade, and its undemocratic use of an electoral college to decide the victor in the race for the highest office in the land that the framers were not democrats, they were men who favored the advantages offered by a republic which sought to limit Federal power and state power as well as that of the people until one could not be expected to rule supreme over the others.
Bibliography
Dahl, R. A. (2003). How democratic is the American Constitution? (2nd ed.). New Haven, Conn. London: Yale Nota Bene.
Madison, J., Hamilton, A., Jay, J., & Kramnick, I. (1987). The federalist papers. London ; New York, N.Y.: Penguin Books.