The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787

The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787

by Gordon S. Wood

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The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787 by Gordon S. Wood

One of the half dozen most important books ever written about the American Revolution.—New York Times Book Review

"During the nearly two decades since its publication, this book has set the pace, furnished benchmarks, and afforded targets for many subsequent studies. 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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807824221
Publisher: Omohundro Institute and University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 04/06/1998
Series: Published by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the University of North Carolina Press
Edition description: 1
Pages: 675
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

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

A Note on Sources
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Index

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During the nearly two decades since its publication, this book has set the pace, furnished benchmarks, and afforded targets for many subsequent studies. If ever a work of history merited the appellation 'modern classic,' this is surely one.—William and Mary Quarterly



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



One of the half dozen most important books ever written about the American Revolution.—New York Times Book Review



[A] brilliant and sweeping interpretation of political culture in the Revolutionary generation.—New England Quarterly

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Gordon S. Wood is one of the best minds on the subject of the ideology of the radical movement in the colonies during this period. He gives great details; laying out the foundation for a great story with the details to keep his peers interested, Wood's work is vital for all historians and the 'regular joe' to read. One of the best books written on the topic.