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The first American constitutions : Republican ideology and the making of the state constitutions in the Revolutionary era

Author: Willi Paul Adams
Publisher: Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2001.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : Expanded edView all editions and formats
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This volume contains two new chapters: one demonstrating precedents in the state constitutions for the US Constitution, and another chapter testing the "republicanism over liberalism" thesis against  Read more...

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Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Willi Paul Adams
ISBN: 9780742580107 0742580105
OCLC Number: 984779982
Description: 1 online resource (xxi, 378 p.)
Contents: Foreword / Richard B. Morris --
The First American Constitutions --
Republicanism, Federalism, and Constitutionalism --
The English Constitution in the Eighteenth Century --
The Colonists' Theory of Empire --
The American Concept of a Constitution --
The Founding Spirit --
Government by Congresses and Committees, 1773-1776 --
The Assumption of Power --
Units of Revolutionary Action --
A Case Study: The Assumption of Power in Massachusetts --
The Committees of Correspondence and the First Continental Congress --
The End of Government by Congresses and Committees --
The Role of the Continental Congress, 1775-1776 --
Massachusetts Requests Advice --
A Model Constitution for All the States? --
The Initiatives of New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Virginia --
The Resolution of May 10 and 15, 1776 --
"Choosing Deputies to Form a Government": The Making of the First State Constitutions --
Organizing the "Constituent Power" --
Connecticut and Rhode Island --
The State Constitutions, 1776-1780 --
Constituent Power on the Frontier --
Practical Limits of the Constituent Power --
"Republic" and "Democracy" in Political Rhetoric --
"Republican" as a Smear Word --
Criticism of Monarchical Government --
Avowal of Republicanism --
"Republic" and "Democracy" as Synonyms --
The Federalists' Usage in 1787 --
Forms versus Principles of Government: Harnessing Enlightenment Ideas to Anglo-American Institutions --
Forms versus Principles --
Thomas Paine and John Adams --
Ten Principles of Republican Government --
Popular Sovereignty.
Responsibility: Willi Paul Adams ; translated by Rita and Robert Kimber ; with a foreword by Richard B. Morris.

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