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Between Authority and Liberty: State Constitution-making in Revolutionary America, Kruman, Marc W.
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Author Name    Kruman, Marc W.

Title   Between Authority and Liberty: State Constitution-making in Revolutionary America

Binding   PAPERBACK

Book Condition   Very Good

Publisher    The University of North Carolina Press

ISBN Number    0807847976 / 9780807847978

Seller ID   SKU1038123

0807847976 Very Good. Light shelf wear to covers/corners; satisfaction guaranteed. Trade paperback binding.

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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.

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