The Foundations of American Citizenship: Liberalism, the Constitution, and Civic Virtue / Edition 1

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This study of exemplary writings from the debates over the ratification of the 1787 Constitution deals with the American constitutional founders' understandings of citizenship and civic virtue. Discussion of these debates is set in an analytical and historical context, addressing the rationales for and the nature of civic allegiance in liberal political regimes. Sinopoli analyzes the development of a distinctly liberal political psychology from its origins in John Locke, Adam Smith, and David Hume through the American founding and traces its implications for the current American polity.

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"An important and interesting work of scholarship....A considerable contribution."—William and Mary Quarterly

"A valuable book for upper-division undergraduate and graduate students."—Choice

"The most original contribution of this study is its emphasis on the political psychology of citizenship."—Reviews in American History

"A solid contribution to the literatures on liberalism and the founding period."—The Journal of American History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195070675
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/28/1992
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Lexile: 1630L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: The Constitutional Founders' Liberalism and Civic Virtue 3
I Problems and Predecessors
2 Liberal Community and Civic Virtue: An Analysis 19
3 John Locke: Acting on Natural Law Duties and the Problem of Civic Motivations 39
4 The Psychology of Citizenship: The Scottish Connection 53
II The Constitutional Founders' Theories of Citizenship
5 The Federalist: Liberal Commitments 85
6 Publius's Liberalism and Civic Virtue 101
7 The Anti-Federalists and Civic Virtue 129
8 Conclusion: American Citizenship Viewed from the Founding 157
Appendix: A Note on Method 173
Notes 179
Index 211
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