Constitution Cafe by Christopher Phillips
Jefferson's Brew for a True Revolution

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“A provocative extension of Jefferson’s original plan.”—Kirkus Reviews

Thomas Jefferson believed that every generation of Americans should rewrite our Constitution from scratch—to mirror the progress of the human mind and, most of all, to maintain the revolutionary spirit. He would be dismayed that it’s considered untouchable these days. Taking up Jefferson’s cause, Christopher Phillips leads a motley group of Americans across the fruited plain in an offbeat Constitutional Convention. His Constitution Café project is sparking a much-needed conversation about our founding document and forging common ground at a time when our country needs it most.

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Christopher Phillips is an educator, author, and pro-democracy activist. Visit him on the Web at
Published September 5, 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company. 334 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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The author suggests that the reason the last election left many progressives feeling betrayed by Obama's leadership and boosted his Tea Party opposition is because the “system itself that was handed to us by our Framers prevents meaningful reforms that facilitate more responsive and responsible g...

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Is the U.S. Constitution a work-in-progress or an unchangeable product of divine inspiration? Thomas Jefferson, a believer in a participatory democracy, thought it was the mark of a healthy society

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