Birth of the Republic, 1763-89, Fourth Edition

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-11-29
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr

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In The Birth of the Republic, 176389, Edmund S. Morgan shows how the challenge of British taxation started Americans on a search for constitutional principles to protect their freedom, and eventually led to the Revolution. By demonstrating that the founding fathers' political philosophy was not grounded in theory, but rather grew out of their own immediate needs, Morgan paints a vivid portrait of how the founders' own experiences shaped their passionate convictions, and these in turn were incorporated into the Constitution and other governmental documents. The Birth of the Republicis the classic account of the beginnings of the American government, and in this fourth edition the original text is supplemented with a new foreword by Joseph J. Ellis and a historiographic essay by Rosemarie Zagarri.

Author Biography

Edmund S. Morgan is Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University and past president of the Organization of American Historians.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Fourth Editionp. ix
Preface to the Third Editionp. xiii
Preface to the Second Editionp. xiv
Lexington Greenp. 1
The Americans and the Empirep. 5
Sugar and Stamps, 1764-66p. 15
Peace without Honor, 1766-68p. 29
Troops and Tea, 1768-74p. 43
Equal Rights, 1774-76p. 61
War and Peace, 1776-83p. 77
The Independent Statesp. 88
The Independent Nation, 1776-81p. 101
"The Critical Period"p. 113
The Constitutional Conventionp. 129
Ratificationp. 145
The Declaration of Independencep. 159
The Articles of Confederationp. 163
The Constitution of the United Statesp. 171
The Bill of Rightsp. 183
Bibliographical Notep. 185
Scholarship on the American Revolution since The Birth of the Republic, 1763-89p. 193
Important Datesp. 211
Indexp. 215
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