Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people, in order to betray them. [Joseph A. Story]
From the book: Familiar Exposition of the Constitution (Joseph A. Story)
This book is recommend to anyone who wants to effectively understand what the U.S. Constitution means. Joseph Story was the U.S. youngest Supreme Court Justice. He was one of the original founders of the Harvard Law School and continued even while on the court to teach constitutional law to all. He wrote this book so that young men (yes, it was of the times, but I bet some young women still read it) would be totally conversational about and with our Constitution. It lays out why things were written the way they were and starts with an exposition on the Articles of Confederation. You should add this book to your reading list. The copyright is expired and has been for decades. It is available for no cost, if you can find it. The kindle edition is only $2.00… go ahead and buy it for your library.
Familiar Exposition of the Constitution