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Pearl, Christopher R.

From Independence to the U.S. Constitution

Reconsidering the Critical Period of American History Edited by Douglas Bradburn and Christopher R. Pearl

The "Critical Period" of American history—the years between the end of the American Revolution in 1783 and the ratification of the U.S. Constitution in 1789—was either the best of times or the worst of times. While some historians have celebrated the achievement of the Constitutional Convention,... More

Conceived in Crisis

The Revolutionary Creation of an American State Christopher R. Pearl

Conceived in Crisis argues that the American Revolution was not just the product of the Imperial Crisis, brought on by Parliament’s attempt to impose a new idea of empire on the American colonies. To an equal or greater degree, it was a response to the inability of individual colonial governments... More