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By bringing Kenyon's key writings together in a single volume, the editors have sought not only to reaffirm the importance of her contributions to scholarship but also to reveal the subtlety and imagination of her mind at work. Whether assessing the limitations of Charles Beard's "An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution," analyzing the enigma of Alexander Hamilton (whom she memorably describes as "the Rousseau of the Right"), or evaluating what was truly radical about America's revolution, Kenyon's insights remain as fresh as they are shrewd.
As the editors point out in their foreword to the book, Kenyon had an extraordinary talent for opening up to scrutiny subjects whose significance had previously been overlooked. Although her originality may not have been fully appreciated at first, her writings had an undeniable impact on subsequent work in her field. Eminent scholars such as Bernard Bailyn, Gordon S. Wood, and John Pocock all drew on Kenyon's ideas in their own groundbreaking studies of the Revolutionary era, and today the pivotal importance of her essays is widely recognized by a new generation of historians.
|Introduction: Originality Underestimated: The Political-Historical Writings of Cecelia Kenyon||1|
|Men of Little Faith: The Anti-Federalists on the Nature of Representative Government||31|
|Introduction to "The Antifederalists": The Political Thought of the Antifederalists||68|
|Republicanism and Radicalism in the American Revolution: An Old-Fashioned Interpretation||132|
|"An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution" After Fifty Years||159|
|Alexander Hamilton: Rousseau of the Right||178|
|Where Paine Went Wrong||193|
|Constitutionalism in Revolutionary America||209|
|Sovereignty: An Inquiry into the Political Good||243|
|Charles Beard and the Constitution: A Critical Analysis of "An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution"||256|
|The Americans: The Colonial Experience||266|
|Rebels and Democrats: The Struggle for Equal Political Rights and Majority Rule during the American Revolution||271|