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Between Authority and Liberty: State Constitution-making in Revolutionary America (Paperback)
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Between Authority and Liberty: State Constitution-making in Revolutionary America (Paperback)

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Paperback 238 Pages / Published: 31/08/1999
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In a major reinterpretation of American political thought in the revolutionary era, Marc Kruman explores the process of constitution making in each of the thirteen original states and shows that the framers created a distinctively American science of politics well before the end of the Confederation era. Suspicious of all government power, state constitution makers greatly feared arbitrary power and mistrusted legislators' ability to represent the people's interests. For these reasons, they broadened the suffrage and introduced frequent elections as a check against legislative self-interest. This analysis challenges Gordon Wood's now-classic argument that, at the beginning of the Revolution, the founders placed great faith in legislators as representatives of the people. According to Kruman, revolutionaries entrusted state constitution making only to members of temporary provincial congresses or constitutional conventions whose task it was to restrict legislative power. At the same time, Americans maintained a belief in the existence of a public good that legislators and magistrates, when properly curbed by one another and by a politically active citizenry, might pursue. |Explores the process of constitution making in each of the thirteen original states and shows that the framers greatly feared arbitrary power and mistrusted legislators' ability to represent the people's interests. For these reasons, they broadened the suffrage and introduced frequent elections as a check against legislative self-interest. Kruman's analysis challenges Gordon Wood's now-classic argument that, at the beginning of the Revolution, the founders placed great faith in legislators as representatives of the people.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807847978
Number of pages: 238
Weight: 386 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 16 mm
Edition: New edition


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KrumanUs work deserves the serious attention of anyone examining the origins and development of the American constitutional republic.

"Law and History Review"


A classic work!

"Journal of American History"


"Important reading for anyone interested in the basic political ideas of the founders.

"North Carolina Historical Review"


Important reading for anyone interested in the basic political ideas of the founders.

"North Carolina Historical Review"


Krumans work deserves the serious attention of anyone examining the origins and development of the American constitutional republic.

"Law and History Review"


A valuable contribution to a rich literature on the creation of state constitutions in the revolutionary era.

"Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography"


Kruman's study is replete with insights about the subtleties of state constitution-making in 1776-77.

"Journal of the Early Republic"


Krumana[s work deserves the serious attention of anyone examining the origins and development of the American constitutional republic.

"Law and History Review"


Kruman 's work deserves the serious attention of anyone examining the origins and development of the American constitutional republic.

"Law and History Review"


Kruman s work deserves the serious attention of anyone examining the origins and development of the American constitutional republic.

"Law and History Review"

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