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Electoral System Pushes Two Party Politics: 1803 Published by Outskirts Press

Robert Burgett offers a simple, but fascinating examination of Article II of our Constitution and the powerful forces that gave rise to competing national parties and shows how the Twelfth Amendment was designed to combat this destructive trend.

Chicago, IL, May 16, 2012 --( Author and independent historian Robert Burgett announced today the release of 1803, Constitutional Intent for Electing the Presidency: How the Twelfth Amendment Failed to Anticipate the Rise of Competing National Parties, published by Outskirts Press. Burgett gives readers new food for thought in this gripping and educational narrative that challenges much of our contemporary understanding -- and misunderstanding -- of the evolution of our Electoral College and its influence on our two party system.

The Constitution’s Article II borders on the impossible as an electoral method, Burgett concedes, but his new historical and legal analysis of all the forces in play at the time it was created offers a new understanding of why our electoral college system is the way it is and why the issues that were pertinent in 1803 are still pertinent today.

Burgett takes readers back to that time when our Union was not truly united and goes behind the scenes to show the then hypothetical future of a North/South American Union. He examines how geographical divides have always influenced American party politics through a careful selection of quoted source materials, both from those men who drafted the Constitution and from the prominent statesmen who followed.

The author’s thesis arises logically from the facts he has uncovered rather than from cherry picking certain facts to support a previously conceived argument. Letting the material speak for itself, 1803 gives new insight into the role geographical divides have had in our national politics and also shows the surprising distortion that occurred in the function of the office of the Vice Presidency in comparison to how it had originally been conceived.

1803 is a valuable new historical resource with Burgett’s strongly argued case for Article II of the Constitution forcing the rise of competing national parties and with the evidence he presents to show that the subsequent Twelfth Amendment was a much needed alteration to ensure continued inappropriate geo-political control over the federal government.

1803 is available on-line in paperback through Amazon and Barnes and Noble and for a maximum trade discount in quantities of ten or more.

Format: 6 x 9 paperback white ISBN: 978-1-4327-8587-1 SRP: $13.95
e-Book $ 5.00
Kindle $ 0.99
Genre: Nonfiction/history/United States/19th Century/political science/government/ Executive Branch/Constitutional law

About the author:
Robert Burgett is an independent historian whose specialties include legal research and analysis.

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