ISBN-10:
0807847232
ISBN-13:
9780807847237
Pub. Date:
04/06/1998
Publisher:
Omohundro Institute and University of North Carolina Press
The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787 / Edition 1

The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787 / Edition 1

by Gordon S. Wood
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One of the half dozen most important books ever written about the American Revolution.—New York Times Book Review

"During the nearly two decades since its publication, this book has set the pace, furnished benchmarks, and afforded targets for many subsequent studies. If ever a work of history merited the appellation 'modern classic,' this is surely one.—William and Mary Quarterly

"[A] brilliant and sweeping interpretation of political culture in the Revolutionary generation.—New England Quarterly

"This is an admirable, thoughtful, and penetrating study of one of the most important chapters in American history.—Wesley Frank Craven

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ISBN-13: 9780807847237
Publisher: Omohundro Institute and University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 04/06/1998
Series: Published by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the University of North Carolina Press
Edition description: 1
Pages: 675
Sales rank: 451,762
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Gordon S. Wood is Alva O. Way University Professor and Professor of History at Brown University.

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface to the 1998 Edition / v
Preface / xv

Part One: The Ideology of Revolution
Chapter I. The Whig Science of Politics / 3
Chapter II. Republicanism / 46
Chapter III. Moral Reformation / 91

Part Two: The Constitution of the States
Chapter IV. The Restructuring of Power / 127
Chapter V. The Nature of Representation / 162
Chapter VI. Mixed Government and Bicameralism / 197

Part Three: The People against the Legislatures
Chapter VII. Law and Contracts / 259
Chapter VIII. Conventions of the People / 306
Chapter IX. The Sovereignty of the People / 344

Part Four: The Critical Period
Chapter X. Vices of the System / 393
Chapter XI. Republican Remedies / 430

Part Five: The Federal Constitution
Chapter XII. The Worthy against the Licentious / 471
Chapter XIII. The Federalist Persuasion / 519

Part Six: The Revolutionary Achievement
Chapter XIV. The Relevance and Irrelevance of John Adams / 567
Chapter XV. The American Science of Politics / 593

A Note on Sources
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Index

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During the nearly two decades since its publication, this book has set the pace, furnished benchmarks, and afforded targets for many subsequent studies. If ever a work of history merited the appellation 'modern classic,' this is surely one.—William and Mary Quarterly



This is an admirable, thoughtful, and penetrating study of one of the most important chapters in American history.—Wesley Frank Craven



One of the half dozen most important books ever written about the American Revolution.—New York Times Book Review



[A] brilliant and sweeping interpretation of political culture in the Revolutionary generation.—New England Quarterly

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The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Vic123-Gam_ More than 1 year ago
How did thirteen separate colonies come together to devise one of the most durable systems of government ever created? Exactly how did we get the political system we live under? Gordon S. Wood’s The Creation of the American republic, 1776-1787 answers these questions and demystifies the "Miracle of Philadelphia" by probing the intellectual and spiritual roots of the American republic. Dr Wood achieved a prominent place among historians of early America with the publication of Creation in 1969. His study belongs to the “intellectual” history tradition of the American Revolution, continuing the tradition of Bernard Bailyn’s The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution and owes much to it. Wood, however, probes much deeper than Bailyn’s work in breaking down the process whereby American political thought led to the Constitution. Politically, the book falls partly into the neo-Whig spectrum while acknowledging also the radical elements of the American achievement. It delineates how American political thought developed from early protests against British measures to the construction of the world's first federal republic; the crowning achievement of American political thought. The key concepts and ideas of those dramatic years shaped our system of government. According to Wood's thesis, this process featured a transformation in American political thinking. During this transformation, Americans developed a unique ideology and a truly American science of politics. American rebels began by insisting repeatedly that they were struggling on behalf of the British constitution, not against it. They believed in “the fundamental maxims of the British constitution; upon which, as upon a rock, our wise ancestors erected that stable fabrick.” After two dramatic decades of conflict with Britain, however, the intensive public debate over political principles led Americans to reject many fundamental features of the British constitution and move in a new direction which ultimately resulted in the creation of something unintended and unprecedented. It is this transformation that Gordon Wood maps out for us in his remarkable study of the revolutionary and constitutional era.
WaldoRWE More than 1 year ago
A magnificent explanation of the thought of the need for revolution.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in the author's class, and loved it. His writing style is clear and concise and he goes into great detail without being burdensome and stuffy. Overall, an excellent book.