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Birth of the Republic, 1763-89, 4ed

by Edmund S Morgan and Joseph J Ellis University of Chicago Press
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In The Birth of the Republic, 1763 and ndash;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 and Atilde; 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 and Atilde; 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.

Foreword to the Fourth Edition by Joseph J. Ellis
Preface to the Third Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Lexington Green1. The Americans and the Empire2. Sugar and Stamps, 1764–663. Peace without Honor, 1766–684. Troops and Tea, 1768–745. Equal Rights, 1774–766. War and Peace, 1776–837. The Independent States8. The Independent Nation, 1776–819. “The Critical Period”10. The Constitutional Convention11. Ratification
Appendix: Basic Documents of the American RevolutionThe Declaration of IndependenceThe Articles of ConfederationThe Constitution of the United StatesThe Bill of Rights
Bibliographical Note
Scholarship on the American Revolution since The Birth of the Republic, 1763–89 by Rosemarie ZagarriImportant Dates

Edmund S. Morgan is Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University and past president of the Organization of American Historians. His many books include The Puritan Family: Religion and Domestic Relations in Seventeenth-Century New England; The Gentle Puritan: A Life of Ezra Stiles; The Puritan Dilemma: The Story of John Winthrop; American SlaveryaAmerican Freedom: The Ordeal of Colonial Virginia; The Challenge of the American Revolution; Inventing the People: The Rise of Popular Sovereignty in England and America; and, with Helen M. Morgan, The Stamp Act Crisis.