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The American ideal of 1776: the twelve basic American principles Hardcover – 1976


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 398 pages
  • Publisher: Your Heritage Books; Reprint edition (1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0911668020
  • ISBN-13: 978-0911668025
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #632,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Klemm on February 13, 2001
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I count myself among the truly fortunate readers to have come across this book.This work, rather than passing on should be resurrected and made required reading for all students in our grammar and high schools. I find as much comfort from it as some would from a bible, as I am truly frustrated with the direction our uninformed society is heading. I am searching now for a copy to send to the new President as an infallible guide for his presidency. Search high and low, but get and read this book.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 2, 1998
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My personal copy of (an earlier edition?) "Your American Yardstick: Twelve Basic American Principles Underlying The Traditional American Philosophy Of Man-Over-Government" is one of my most cherished books! Mr. Long was an exceptional constitutional scholar, and an amazingly clear and concise author.
Principle One: The Spiritual Is Supreme
Principle Two: Fear of Government-over-Man
Principle Three: Unalienable Rights--From God
Principle Four: Man Organizes Governments To Be His Tools
Principle Five: Limited Government
Principle Six: Decentralized Government
Principle Seven: Equal, By God's Gift, in Sight of God and Law
Principle Eight: Life and the Pursuit of Happiness
Principle Nine: Liberty--Against Government-over-Man
Principle Ten: Private Property--Liberty's Support
Principle Eleven: Taxes--Limited to Safeguard Liberty
Principle Twelve: The Majority--Limited for Liberty
These principles are the masterful framework for futher discussion and citations of law and history that Mr. Long uses to cut through to the core beliefs that the United States was founded upon. His clear, documented presentation of the meaning and intent of our Founding Fathers makes the reader truly stop to ponder the situation in modern America. The differences are staggering regarding constitutional interpretation of "then" contrasted to "now," as Mr. Long's work makes clear.
The reader can not do better than to study this book! This is, in my opinion, the #1 constitutional study ever produced. Mr. Long has more than fulfilled his duty as a patriotic American by presenting this expertly wrought masterpiece to the American people for their enrichment.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Garrett L. Keenan on May 12, 2001
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This is the most incredible, awesome book on the founding of the great American Republic I have seen. If you are wondering what's happened to America and American politics, you can find the answer in this book. American Schools have created an uneducated generation of people who have forgotten their roots. Because of that, Americans have no idea what rich heritage their founding fathers left for them: an everlasting covenant of freedom from government-over-man. But the price was high. Those men, our fathers, paid that price with their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor--literally. This book ought to be required study from first grade through High School. Once you start it, you can't put it down. It will revive dried out patriotism with fire in your soul. It will make you angry at what our politicians are doing to our Constitution today: they totally ignore it when in their own best interests. I just simply cannot say enough about this book, except that if you can find it, get it. It's worth the price no matter what they charge for it. But they may be hard to come by. I'm buying every one I can find, for my kids, interested friends, and my grandkids. If this book could get into the hands of enough Americans, there would be a revival of fervor for our Constitution; we would absolutely put politicians back in their place, i.e, back in the "chains of the Constitution" as one founding father stated; Americans would once again experience what real freedom was, as intended by the fathers. This book simply lights a fire in your soul. I could talk about it all night.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G. Mason on March 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
An earlier edition of this book is available under the title, "Your American Yardstick", published in the 1960s. Copies are much less expensive than the 1976 Edition and more easily available. It is also available for viewing on the Internet at [...]
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ron Bacon (bacon@conceptsnet.com) on January 30, 1998
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This is the best one volume treatment on constitutional studies that I have ever run across. Excellent primary sources. Excellent content. This is a real gem.
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