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Merit: The History of a Founding Ideal from the American Revolution to the Twenty-First Century

Joseph F. Kett

Abstract

This book argues that the idea that citizens' advancement should depend exclusively on merit, on qualities that deserve reward rather than on bloodlines or wire-pulling, was among the Founding ideals of the American republic. It contends that merit's history is best understood within the context of its often conflicting interaction with the other ideals of the Founding, equal rights and government by consent. The book traces merit's history over three centuries. It asserts that Americans have reconciled merit with other principles of the Founding in ways that have shaped their distinctive appr ... More

Keywords: merit, Founding ideals, American republic, equal rights, government by consent, affirmative action

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780801451225
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451225.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph F. Kett, author
University of Virginia