Clothed in Robes of Sovereignty: The Continental Congress and the People Out of Doors

Clothed in Robes of Sovereignty: The Continental Congress and the People Out of Doors

by Benjamin H. Irvin
     
 


After the Continental Congress declared independence in 1776, thereby severing political relations with Great Britain, it began to fashion new objects and ceremonies of state with which to proclaim the sovereignty of the infant republic. Congress, for example, created an emblematic great seal, celebrated anniversaries of U.S. independence, and implemented robust… See more details below

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After the Continental Congress declared independence in 1776, thereby severing political relations with Great Britain, it began to fashion new objects and ceremonies of state with which to proclaim the sovereignty of the infant republic. Congress, for example, created an emblematic great seal, celebrated anniversaries of U.S. independence, and implemented robust diplomatic protocols for the reception of foreign ministers. Clothed in Robes of Sovereignty examines the material artifacts, festivities, and rituals by which Congress endeavored not only to assert its political legitimacy and to bolster the war effort, but ultimately to glorify the United States and to win the allegiance of the American people. Congress, however, could not simply impose its creations upon a quiescent public. In fact, as Benjamin H. Irvin demonstrates, the "people out of doors"--including the working poor who rallied in the streets of Philadelphia as well as women, loyalists, Native Americans and other persons not represented in Congress--vigorously contested the trappings of nationhood into which Congress had enfolded them.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199731992
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/11/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: To "stamp the Character of the People"
Part I: A "steady, manly, uniform, and persevering opposition"
Chapter 1: The Republicans' New Clothes
Chapter 2: The Continental Congress Unmanned
Part II: The Outcome Is in Doubt
Chapter 3: "[A]n Impression upon the Mind"
Chapter 4: The Pride and Pomp of War
Part III: E Pluribus Unum
Chapter 5: "The spirits of the whigs must be kept up"
Chapter 6: "[U]ncommon and Extraordinary Movements"
Part IV: "The Symbol of supreme Power & Authority"
Chapter 7: "[T]he most amiable Garbs of publick Virtue"
Chapter 8: Naked and Unadorned Conclusion: "[T]he Sign of the Thirteen Starrs"
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