The Birth of the Republic, 1763-1789

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In one remarkable quarter-century, thirteen quarrelsome colonies were transformed into a nation. Edmund S. Morgan's classic account of the Revolutionary period shows how the challenge of British taxation started the Americans on a search for constitutional principles to protect their freedom and eventually led to the Revolution.

Morgan demonstrates that these principles were not abstract doctrines of political theory but grew instead out of the immediate needs and experiences of...

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In one remarkable quarter-century, thirteen quarrelsome colonies were transformed into a nation. Edmund S. Morgan's classic account of the Revolutionary period shows how the challenge of British taxation started the Americans on a search for constitutional principles to protect their freedom and eventually led to the Revolution.

Morgan demonstrates that these principles were not abstract doctrines of political theory but grew instead out of the immediate needs and experiences of the colonists. They were held with passionate conviction, and incorporated, finally, into the constitutions of the new American states and of the United States.

Though the basic theme of the book and his assessment of what the Revolution achieved remain the same, Morgan has updated the revised edition of The Birth of the Republic (1977) to include some textual and stylistic changes as well as a substantial revision of the Bibliographic Note. Edmund S. Morgan is Sterling Professor of History emeritus at Yale University. His many books include The Gentle Puritan: A Life of Ezra Stiles; The Challenge of the American Revolution; and Inventing the People: The Rise of Popular Sovereignty in England and America.

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Edward S. Morgan is Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University and past president of the Organization of American Historians. His many books include The Puritan Family: Religion and Domestic Relations in Seventeenth-Century New England; The Gentle Puritan:  A Life of Ezra Stiles; The Puritan Dilemma: The Story of John Winthrop; American Slavery—American Freedom: The Ordeal of Colonial Virginia; The Challenge of the American Revolution; Inventing the People: The Rise of Popular Sovereignty in England and America; and, with Helen M. Morgan, The Stamp Act Crisis.

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Table of Contents

Editor's Foreword to the Third Edition
Editor's Foreword to the Second Edition
Preface to the Third Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Lexington Green 1
1 The Americans and the Empire 5
2 Sugar and Stamps, 1764-66 15
3 Peace without Honor, 1766-68 29
4 Troops and Tea, 1768-74 43
5 Equal Rights, 1774-76 61
6 War and Peace, 1776-83 77
7 The Independent States 88
8 The Independent Nation, 1776-81 101
9 "The Critical Period" 113
10 The Constitutional Convention 129
11 Ratification 145
Appendix: Basic Documents of the Revolution
The Declaration of Independence 159
The Articles of Confederation 163
The Constitution of the United States 171
The Bill of Rights 183
Bibliographical Note 185
Important Dates 193
Index 197
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2000

    My interpretation of this book

    When I first began to read The Birth of the Republic I found it very hard to keep up with Morgan¿s writing style. It is not easy reading for the average person. Each sentence is vital in understanding his interpretation of the American Revolution. I found myself reading, re-reading, and stopping to think about what it was Morgan was saying for the first three or four chapters until I eventually became familiar with his style. He packs a great wealth of information in a relativley short amount of space. Morgan examines the events of the time and the principles and beliefs that sparked the American Revolution. After a while I found myself enjoying the book at times, but it was absolutely not written as a source of entertainment. I had to keep a dictionary close by whenever reading this book. It is a very factual piece with very little opinion. Edmund functions more like an analyst interpreting the facts. I would recommend this book to anyone who takes an interest in political science or would like to know more about the American Revolution. Morgan does one thing and he does it very well; he gives you an in-depth look into the events of the time and the principles and beliefs that helped shape a nation.

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