Alberto Giordano

The original sin in Philadelphia. The Founding Fathers and the democratic nature of the American constitution

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Despite being more than a couple of centuries old, the Constitution of the United States still rules in contemporary political debates. This paper aims to present a critical assessment of Michael J. Klarman's latest book, "The Framers' Coup: The Making of the United States Constitution", by challenging, in the light of primary and secondary sources alike, its most controversial thesis: the alleged anti-democratic nature of the federal Constitution and its paramount cause, the Founding Fathers' ambiguous and conservative political theory.


  • American Constitution
  • Democracy
  • Federalists
  • Antifederalists
  • Philadelphia Convention
  • Founding Fathers


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