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Author De Grazia, Sebastian,

Title A country with no name : tales from the Constitution / Sebastian de Grazia.

Published New York : Pantheon Books, c1997.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  813.54 DEGRAZI    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description 419 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Summary Mischievously composed, this groundbreaking work intends nothing short of a revolution in how we think about the "American" constitution and government. In A Country with No Name, Claire St. John, a stylish, mysterious, and peremptory young Englishwoman who is completing her university studies here, undertakes to spend two weeks tutoring a young American, Oliver Huggins, in American history. As the theme of her "tales," St. John asserts that the country has gone through its history without a name. For twelve afternoons she leads Huggins on, using colloquial language that is by turns satirical, bantering, and metaphorical. Structured with quizzes and unconventional vignettes about familiar personages, using speeches, songs, dramatizations, interior monologues, and time warps, the text weaves in and out of the no-namedness of our country.
Startling observations emerge out of their dialogue. The original States and the Framers had irreconcilable difficulties in denoting the parties to the constitution and in naming the country to which they wished to fix allegiance. Because of these difficulties, the country we now call "America" was late in getting a name; indeed, it did not get a name until decades after the War of Secession, a century later than the drafting of the constitution that was supposed to have founded it. St. John's unique perspective raises questions about the legality of the constitution, the supreme law of the land, the prerogatives of the supreme court, oaths of office, and leadership claims of presidents, alerting us in the process to future possibilities, both good and bad.
Subject United States. Constitution -- Fiction.
Tutors and tutoring -- Fiction.
United States -- History -- Fiction.
United States -- History -- Study and teaching -- Fiction.
Alternative histories.
ISBN 0679419772