The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787 / Edition 1

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This classic work explains the evolution of American political thought from the Declaration of Independence to the ratification of the Constitution. In so doing, it greatly illuminates the origins of the present American political system.

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Editorial Reviews

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One of the half dozen most important books ever written about the American Revolution.

New York Times Book Review

If ever a work of history merited the appellation 'modern classic,' this is surely one.

William and Mary Quarterly

[A] brilliant and sweeping interpretation of political culture in the Revolutionary generation.

New England Quarterly

This is an admirable, thoughtful, and penetrating study of one of the most important chapters in American history.

Wesley Frank Craven

**** Reprint of the 1969 edition (which is cited in BCL3) with a new (9p.) preface. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
The New York Times
One of the half dozen most important books ever written about the American Revolution. -- The New York Times Book Review
New England Quarterly
[A] brilliant and sweeping interpretation of political culture in the Revolutionary generation. -- New England Quarterly
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Meet the Author

Gordon S. Wood is Alva O. Way University Professor and Professor of History at Brown University.

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Table of Contents


Preface to the 1998 Edition / v
Preface / xv

Part One: The Ideology of Revolution
Chapter I. The Whig Science of Politics / 3
Chapter II. Republicanism / 46
Chapter III. Moral Reformation / 91

Part Two: The Constitution of the States
Chapter IV. The Restructuring of Power / 127
Chapter V. The Nature of Representation / 162
Chapter VI. Mixed Government and Bicameralism / 197

Part Three: The People against the Legislatures
Chapter VII. Law and Contracts / 259
Chapter VIII. Conventions of the People / 306
Chapter IX. The Sovereignty of the People / 344

Part Four: The Critical Period
Chapter X. Vices of the System / 393
Chapter XI. Republican Remedies / 430

Part Five: The Federal Constitution
Chapter XII. The Worthy against the Licentious / 471
Chapter XIII. The Federalist Persuasion / 519

Part Six: The Revolutionary Achievement
Chapter XIV. The Relevance and Irrelevance of John Adams / 567
Chapter XV. The American Science of Politics / 593

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  • Posted December 16, 2012


    A magnificent explanation of the thought of the need for revolution.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2004

    Excellent Book

    I read this book in the author's class, and loved it. His writing style is clear and concise and he goes into great detail without being burdensome and stuffy. Overall, an excellent book.

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