In this volume distinguished historians and political scientists examine political discourse during that short span of years from the Revolution through ratification, a period of profound political and conceptual change. The concepts of "sovereignty," "representation," "liberty," "virtue," "republic," "democracy"-even "constitution" itself-were virtually recoined. Others, like "federalism," were new inventions. Out of the vehement political arguments and debates of the period came not only a new Constitution but a new political vocabulary-a political idiom that was distinctly recognizably American.
Publisher: University Press of Kansas ISBN: 9780700603695 Number of pages: 224 Weight: 345 g Dimensions: 230 x 150 x 15 mm
"A corrective to the all-too-facile tendency to find a conceptual uniformity in the Founders' thought."
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