"[Krason’s] accounting of American history is presented as objectively as humanly possible and the educated reader can easily disentangle interpretation from the mere facts of the matter."
—Joseph A. Varacalli,
State University of New York
This stimulating volume considers whether the Founding Fathers’ vision of the American democratic republic has been transformed and if so, in what ways. Krason looks to the basic principles of the Founding Fathers, and then discusses changes that resulted from evolving contemporary attitudes about and approaches to government. Krason focuses on concerned, public-spirited citizens who are aware of the extent to which our current political structures deviate from the vision of the Founders, and want to do something about it. Ultimately, a democratic republic can exist, be sustained, and flourish only when there is a deep commitment to it in the minds and norms of its people.