Between Authority and Liberty: State Constitution-Making in Revolutionary America

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UNC Press Books, 1997 - History - 223 pages
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 poli
 

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Contents

Nearly in the Old Channel? English Constitutionalism Imperial Crisis and State Formation in Revolutionary America
1
The Present Business of All America Constitution Making in the Revolutionary States
15
The Compact of the Whole People and the Limitation of All Legislative and Executive Power Declarations of Rights and Constitutions
35
Represented According to the True Intent and Meaning Thereof Political Representation
61
The Greatest Right of Freemen The Suffrage
87
By Their United Influence Become Dangerous The Separation of Powers
109
Power Should Be a Check to Power Bicameralism and the Reinvention of Mixed Government
131
Conclusion The Mechanical Polity
155
Notes
165
Bibliography
203
Index
217
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Marc W. Kruman is professor of history and chair of the history department at Wayne State University.

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