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In this book, Bailyn discusses the intense, nation-wide debate on the ratification of the Constitution, stressing the continuities between that struggle over the foundations of the national government and the original principles of the Revolution.
To the original text of what has become a classic of American historical literature, Bernard Bailyn adds a substantial essay, "Fulfillment," as a Postscript. Here he discusses the intense, nation-wide debate on the ratification of the Constitution, stressing the continuities between that struggle over the foundations of the national government and the original principles of the Revolution. This detailed study of the persistence of the nation's ideological origins adds a new dimension to the book and projects its meaning forward into vital current concerns.
Winner of the 1968 Pulitzer Prize for History and Co-Winner of the 1968 Bancroft Prize
Bernard Bailyn is a 2010 National Humanities Medal Winner
About the Author
Bernard Bailyn is Adams University Professor, Emeritus, and Director of the International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World, Harvard University. He is the author of numerous books, including The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution (Pulitzer and Bancroft Prizes) and The Ordeal of Thomas Hutchinson (National Book Award), both published by Harvard.
Table of Contents
I. The Literature of Revolution
II. Sources and Traditions
III. Power and Liberty: A Theory of Politics
IV. The Logic of Rebellion
A Note on Conspiracy
1. Representation and Consent
2. Constitution and Rights
VI. The Contagion of Liberty
2. Establishment of Religion
3. The Democracy Unleashed
4. "Whether Some Degree of Respect Be Not Always Due from Inferiors to Superiors"
Postscript. Fulfillment: A Commentary on the Constitution