The Birth of the Republic, 1763-89, Fourth Edition

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University of Chicago Press, Nov 29, 2012 - History - 238 pages
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In The Birth of the Republic, 1763–89, Edmund S. Morgan shows how the challenge of British taxation started Americans on a search for constitutional principles to protect their freedom, and eventually led to the Revolution. By demonstrating that the founding fathers’ political philosophy was not grounded in theory, but rather grew out of their own immediate needs, Morgan paints a vivid portrait of how the founders’ own experiences shaped their passionate convictions, and these in turn were incorporated into the Constitution and other governmental documents. The Birth of the Republic is the classic account of the beginnings of the American government, and in this fourth edition the original text is supplemented with a new foreword by Joseph J. Ellis and a historiographic essay by Rosemarie Zagarri.

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Review: The Birth of the Republic, 1763-89 (The Chicago History of American Civilization)

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This was a good overview of the period before, during and after the Revolution. It is short so there isn't a lot of detail. If you want some background on the Revolution and don't know much about it, this would be a decent place to start. Read full review

Review: The Birth of the Republic, 1763-89 (The Chicago History of American Civilization)

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A good brush up. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Edmund S. Morgan is Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University and past president of the Organization of American Historians. William T. Hagan (1918–2011) was professor emeritus of history at the University of Oklahoma and the author of The Sac and Fox Indians, Indian Police and Judges, United States-Comanche Relations, and The Indian Rights Association. John Hope Franklin (1915–2009) was the James B. Duke Professor of History Emeritus at Duke University. He is the author of many books, including Mirror to America: The Autobiography of John Hope Franklin and Racial Inequality in America.

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