Beyond Confederation: Origins of the Constitution and American National Identity

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Richard R. Beeman, Stephen Botein, Edward Carlos Carter, Institute of Early American History and Culture (Williamsburg, Va.)
UNC Press Books, 1987 - History - 366 pages
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Beyond Confederation scrutinizes the ideological background of the U.S. Constitution, the rigors of its writing and ratification, and the problems it both faced and provoked immediately after ratification. The essays in this collection question muc
  

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Stephen Botein, "Religious Dimensions of the Early American State," in Richard R. Beeman, et al., Beyond Confederation (Chapel Hill, 1987), 315-330. Opens with the 1984 presidential election, in which ... Read full review

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Contents

A Revolutionary Interpretation
23
The Constitution of the Thinking Revolutionary
38
Interests and Disinterestedness in the Making of the Constitution
69
Ratification of the Federal Constitution in Massachusctts
113
Money Credit and Federalist Political Economy
128
James Madison the Constitutional Conventionand the Emergence of Revolutionary federalism
162
Constitutional Convention Making a Covenant with Death
188
A Regional Perspective
226
The Structure of Politics at the Accession of George Washington
261
The Persistence ofAntifedemlism afier 1789
295
Religious Dimensions of the Early American State
315
The Dilemma of American National Identity
333
Index
349
Notes on Contributors
365
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About the author (1987)

Richard Beeman is professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania.

The late Stephen Botein was professor of history at Michigan State University.

Edward C. Carter II is librarian of the American Philosophical Society and editor-in-chief of "The Papers of Benjamin Henry Latrobe".