- Paperback: 420 pages
- Publisher: A & D Publishing; 1 edition (March 16, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1604592702
- ISBN-13: 978-1604592702
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 51 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,773,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Foundations of Freedom: Common Sense, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, the Federalist Papers, the U.S. Constitu 1st Edition
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You can ignore the bad reviews of this book. On the title page there is a note stating the works enclosed are a product of the times, that views of things like gender and race have changed. This is a valid note from the publisher (and the only note I found beyond the listed works). Many of the letters and works enclosed do show a different social norm that what we are accustom to today. Further, the Constitution is printed as it was originally written (most versions have the sections of slavery removed or struck out since they are made void by later amendments).
I think we need to remember that most of these documents offer us a look into the *opinions* of our founding fathers. Just like us, our founding fathers often disagreed with each other but they didn't let differences interfere with dialog. The document that is beyond mere opinion, the Constitution, is still is open for interpretation and modification (why there is an amendment process built in). Jefferson said it best, "some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence, and deem them like the ark of the Covenant, too sacred to be touched. They ascribe to the men of the preceding age a wisdom more than human, and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment." Jefferson continued, "let us follow no such examples, nor weakly believe that one generation is not as capable as another of taking care of itself, and of ordering its own affairs...Each generation is as independent as the one preceding, as that was of all which had gone before."
"This book is a product of its time and does not reflect the same values as it would if it were written today. Parents might wish to discuss with their children how views on race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and interpersonal relations have changed since this book was written before allowing them to read this classic work."
This is so offensive I can't even think straight. Literary censorship is already stupid enough as it is, but to add FUNCTIONING, FOUNDING LEGAL DOCUMENTS to the long list of items that are "controversial" is total garbage. This will not stand.
Do not buy from Wilder. TOR has a version available that is correct and doesn't have this bogus nonsense attached to it. You fail, Wilder.
The disclaimer goes on to tell parents that they "might wish to discuss with their children how views on race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and interpersonal relations have changed since this book was written before allowing them to read this classic work."
Wilder publications is a small print-on-demand company run by an eccentric science fiction writer, Warren Lapine. The offensive text seems most likely to be the work of Mr Lapine himself.
The firm also has a list of Christian books but, as far as I can tell, they are well outside the Christian mainstream -- Swedenborg and the like.
All of Mr Lapine's previous publishing ventures appear to have gone broke so I think Wilder publications is headed the same way
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