The Will of the People: The Legacy of George Mason

The Will of the People: The Legacy of George Mason

by George R. Johnson
     
 

Americans are justly proud of their tradition of representative government. In fact, America's is the longest continuous representative government in existence. Ironically, it may be that, because of the two hundred uninterrupted years of the republic's existence, we take it for granted that we view its continuation as guaranteed. Although our republic has endured for…  See more details below

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Americans are justly proud of their tradition of representative government. In fact, America's is the longest continuous representative government in existence. Ironically, it may be that, because of the two hundred uninterrupted years of the republic's existence, we take it for granted that we view its continuation as guaranteed. Although our republic has endured for more than two hundred years, it has not always existed in its present "form," it has not always represented many people who now routinely view its protections and guarantees as birthrights. The unlanded masses, women, blacks and other minorities, all were for a great part of our history not represented in the American body politic. Now all of these groups, at least legally speaking, are full participants in the body politic and in the public affairs of this country. This volume examines the development of the American notion of popular sovereignty from its colonial and revolutionary origins, from the days of its severely restricted meaning through its progress toward inclusion of more of "the people." Four distinguished commentators examine the social and political developments that have accompanied the growth and expansion of "the will of the people."

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of American History
... this is a thoughtful set of essays that should be of general interest.
The North Carolina Historical Review
...includes a variety of intriguing ideas on the role of the people....
Journal Of American History
... this is a thoughtful set of essays that should be of general interest.
North Carolina Historical Review
...includes a variety of intriguing ideas on the role of the people....

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780913969311
Publisher:
University Publishing Association
Publication date:
03/28/1991
Series:
George Mason Lectures
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)

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