Foundations of Representative Government in Maryland, 1632-1715 / Edition 1

Foundations of Representative Government in Maryland, 1632-1715 / Edition 1

by David William Jordan
     
 

ISBN-10: 052152122X

ISBN-13: 9780521521222

Pub. Date: 08/22/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The earliest forms of representative government were to be found in Maryland from its founding in 1632. In this book, David W. Jordan traces the establishment of the legislative assembly, the development of that central institution through the seventeenth century, and changing opinions about its proper place in the governance of Maryland. Considerable discord

Overview

The earliest forms of representative government were to be found in Maryland from its founding in 1632. In this book, David W. Jordan traces the establishment of the legislative assembly, the development of that central institution through the seventeenth century, and changing opinions about its proper place in the governance of Maryland. Considerable discord initially existed in Maryland and other colonies over the appropriate powers and organization of any assembly of freemen. The colonial proprietors - the Calverts -never envisaged as active a body as many colonists desired, nor one so independent of proprietary dominance. Specific issues of contention varied, but throughout the century debates erupted over the role of the freemen and their representatives within the legislature. Ultimately, the resumption of proprietary authority in 1715 brought an important acknowledgment of substantial gains in representative government that became the foundation of the American political system.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521521222
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/22/2002
Edition description:
First Paperback Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Introduction; 'For the good and happy government' of Maryland; Part I: 'In the Infancy of This Plantation': 1632–1660: 1. 'A country … newly planted'; 2. 'Divers occurrences and difficulties'; Part II. 'Lord Baltimore's Politick Maximes': 1660–1689: 3. 'For the most part good ordinary householders'; 4. 'To liken us to a conquered people'; Part III. 'Wee Your Majesties Most Humble and Loyall Subjects': 1689–1715: 5. 'By the name of the country borne'; 6. 'We more immediately represent the people'; Epilogue: 'Our present happy protestant constitution'; Appendixes; A note on the sources; Index.

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