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Naming Constitutions And Constitutional Text In The Early American Republic, Peter J. Aschenbrenner Aug 2013

Naming Constitutions And Constitutional Text In The Early American Republic, Peter J. Aschenbrenner

Peter J. Aschenbrenner

From the beginning of the nation (October 7, 1777) to the disaster of Dred Scott (March 6, 1857), the United States has produced thirty-two articles worth of constitutioinal text, in 133 constitutional text units, beginning with the Articles of Confederation (opening date noted above). OCL names all the writings and groups them, for the first time.


Table Annexed To Article: Naming Constitutions/ Constitutional Text In The Early American Republic, Peter J. Aschenbrenner Aug 2013

Table Annexed To Article: Naming Constitutions/ Constitutional Text In The Early American Republic, Peter J. Aschenbrenner

Peter J. Aschenbrenner

From the beginning of the nation to disaster of Dred Scott (March 6, 1857), the United States has produced twenty-one writings which may be grouped as constitutional text units after the Articles of Confederation. OCL names all the writings and groups them, for the first time.


Table Annexed To Article: Appraisives In The Early Constitution, Peter J. Aschenbrenner Jul 2012

Table Annexed To Article: Appraisives In The Early Constitution, Peter J. Aschenbrenner

Peter J. Aschenbrenner

The vocabulary of the federal constitution includes appraisives such as ‘needful’, ‘comfort’ and ‘good.’ These are words employed when the writer is making a value judgment and wants the reader to know that a judgment has been made at the time of the communicative act. In addition, these words can be employed when the writer permits, commands, or prohibits the reader’s conduct in the future. Appraisives used in the Early Constitution are surveyed.


Table Annexed To Article: Text Of Early State Bills Of Rights, Peter J. Aschenbrenner Jun 2012

Table Annexed To Article: Text Of Early State Bills Of Rights, Peter J. Aschenbrenner

Peter J. Aschenbrenner

The thirteen newly-organized colonies (states) began to adopt Bills of Rights. These are presented in Constitutional Text Unit format and analyzed.


Officials Subject To Prohibitions In The Corrective Constitution, Peter J. Aschenbrenner May 2012

Officials Subject To Prohibitions In The Corrective Constitution, Peter J. Aschenbrenner

Peter J. Aschenbrenner

The Philadelphia Constitution created expressly or contemplated, by implication, 107 officials to employ the 91 CTUs (in 4,320) words by organizing and operating a new national government for the United States. Did the commitment to officialdom oblige the ratifying conventions to list some (but not all) prohibitions on official conduct? Or is the list of prohibitions nothing more or less than an alternate census of officialdom?


Table Annexed To Article: Counting Syllables In The Bill Of Rights, Peter J. Aschenbrenner May 2012

Table Annexed To Article: Counting Syllables In The Bill Of Rights, Peter J. Aschenbrenner

Peter J. Aschenbrenner

An experiment in deconstructing the Bill of Rights is offered. Each of the 461 words is broken into syllables and the numeric value (syllables per word) appears. Ten segments mirror the ten articles of Amendment.