It's all so much more complicated when you drill down to the detials. The black and white history everyone fights about looks like a comic book after you've read their letters and private correspondence. The war looks utterly different when you read stuff written by men who were trying to kill each other that afternoon and are now sitting on a stump somewhere trying to get off a letter home assuring their families that they're still alive. Everyone in Charleston was in favor of slavery, except that they weren't. Lots of slave owners wanted out. Their wives were incredibly angry with them about the children they were having with their slaves. Their kids would leave the South and not come back. It's very complicated, but in the Newspaper, it looked simple.
Like the study of history, the intent of the Constitution is clear when read correctly based on the standards of the time.
Thus, the Federalist Papers and other contemporary documents were used in the Supreme Court's 2008 Heller decision which affirmed the obvious point that the right to keep and bear arms is an individual one. That paved the way for further progressive laws allowing more Americans to enjoy civil liberties.
Progress like that in our society is indeed a beautiful thing.
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