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Clothed in robes of sovereignty : the Continental Congress and the people out of doors

Author: Benjamin H Irvin
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2011.
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In 1776, when the Continental Congress declared independence, formally severing relations with Great Britain, it immediately began to fashion new objects and ceremonies of state with which to proclaim the sovereignty of the infant republic. In this marvelous social and cultural history of the Continental Congress, Benjamin H. Irvin describes this struggle to create a national identity during the American Revolution.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Benjamin H Irvin
ISBN: 9780199731992 0199731993
OCLC Number: 644018975
Description: xii, 378 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction : to "stamp the character of the people" --
The republicans' new clothes --
The Continental Congress unmanned --
"[A]n impression upon the mind" --
The pride and pomp of war --
"The spirits of the whigs must be kept up" --
"[U]ncommon and extraordinary movements" --
"[T]he most amiable garbs of publick virtue" --
Naked and unadorned --
Conclusion : "[T]he sign of the thirteen starrs."
Responsibility: Benjamin H. Irvin.
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Clothed in Robes of Sovereignty examines popular responses to the Continental Congress and to the objects and ceremonies-seals, medals, and swords, for example, as well as fast days and Fourths of  Read more...

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