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The first The first American constitutions : Republican ideology and the making of the state constitutions in the Revolutionary era / |c Willi Paul Adams ; translated by Rita and Robert Kimber ; with a foreword by Richard B. Morris.constitutions : |b Republican ideology and the making of the state constitutions in the Revolutionary era

Author: Willi Paul Adams; Rita Kimber; Robert Kimber; Richard B Morris
Publisher: Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2001. ©2001
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For the last twenty years this book has been cited by every serious writer on early American constitutional development. Any constitutional history of the independent United States must begin with this comprehensive study. This volume contains two new chapters: one demonstrating precedents in the state constitutions for the U.S. Constitution, and another chapter critically testing the 'republicanism over liberalism'  Read more...
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Adams, Willi Paul, 1940-
First The first American constitutions : Republican ideology and the making of the state constitutions in the Revolutionary era / |c Willi Paul Adams ; translated by Rita and Robert Kimber ; with a foreword by Richard B. Morris.constitutions : |b Republican ideology and the making of the state constitutions in the Revolutionary era.
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., ©2001
xxi, 378 pages
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Willi Paul Adams; Rita Kimber; Robert Kimber; Richard B Morris
ISBN: 9780742580107 0742580105
OCLC Number: 891384235
Description: 1 online resource (401 pages)
Contents: Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Foreword by Richard B. Morris; Contents; Preface; Preface to the Expanded Edition; INTRODUCTION; 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; 1. 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 CongressThe End of Government by Congresses and Committees; 2. THE ROLE OF THE CONTINENTAL CONGRES S, 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; 3. ""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 Power4. ""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; 5. 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; 6. POPULAR SOVEREIGNTY; A European Perspective; Sovereignty Modifted by Federalism The Sovereignty Clauses in the State ConstitutionsThe Right to Resist Government; The Right to Change a Constitution; Sovereignty Limited by Civil Rights; Popular Sovereignty as the Criterion of Political Radicalism; 7. LIBERTY; An Asylum for Which Liberty?; English Liberties and the Debate on Colonial Government and Independence; Liberty and Liberties in the State Constitutions; Liberty and Law; Liberty and Property; 8. EQUALITY; Equality in the Empire; Equality in the Declaration of lndependence; Equality Clauses in the Bills of Rights; Education and Property as Factors of Inequality Race as a Factor of InequalityMembers Only; 9. PROPERTY; The Colonists and the ""Natural Right of Property""; Property Clauses in the State Constitutions; Primogeniture and Entail; Property Qualifications for Voting; The Restrictive Effect of Property Qualifications; Justification and Criticism of Property Qualifications; 10. THE COMMON GOOD; The Common Good versus Colonial Rule; The Common Good in the State Constitutions; ""Public good is, as it were, a common bank""; Parties, Representation, and the Common Good; 11. REPRESENTATION; ""Virtual"" Representation and the Colonial Assemblies
Responsibility: Willi Paul Adams ; translated by Rita and Robert Kimber ; with a foreword by Richard B. Morris.

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