Merit: The History of a Founding Ideal from the American Revolution to the Twenty-First Century, Joseph F. Kett

Author
S. Adam Seagrave
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Political Science Quarterly
Volume
129
Issue Number
4
Publication Date
Winter 2014-15
Institution
Academy of Political Science
Abstract
This book engages in an admirable attempt to understand an impressive range of important American historical trends and events through the lens of an idea. Joseph F, Kett begins by describing the uneasy existence of widely acknowledged “Men of Merit” within a revolutionary era inspired by ideas of equal rights and popular sovereignty/consent. These revolutionary leaders and American Founders understood merit as an inherent personal quality evidenced externally by public achievements and recognition, which Kett terms “essential merit.” - See more at: http://www.psqonline.org/article.cfm?IDArticle=19326#sthash.u0OKVk21.dpuf
Political Geography
America