The Political Writings of John Adams: Representative Selections

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Hackett Publishing, Jan 1, 2003 - History - 223 pages
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A reprint of the 1954 Bobbs-Merrill edition. "The fundamental article of my political creed," declared John Adams, "is that despotism, or unlimited sovereignty, or absolute power is the same in a majority of a popular assembly, an aristocratical council, an oligarchical junto, and a single emperor. Equally arbitrary, cruel, bloody, and in every respect diabolical." The consequences of this article for Adams' thought are nowhere better articulated than in this anthology, which presents his remarkable attempts at constructing a complete political system based on constitutional, balanced, representative government.
  

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Contents

Instructions of the Town of Braintree to Their
22
The Plan
83
The Model
93
The Defense
105
Three Letters to Roger Sherman on
164
APPENDIX NOTES
211
BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX
217
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The second president of the United States.

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