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Representation in the American Revolution

Gordon S. Wood


BUY Paper · 96 pp. · 5 × 8 · ISBN 9780813927220 · $13.50 · Jun 2008

From one of America’s most celebrated historians, the Pulitzer Prize winner Gordon S. Wood, comes an early work whose relevance is undiminished. Originally published in 1969, now revised and with a new preface, Representation in the American Revolution examines the ways in which a government is created and how, in the face of great difficulties as well as great possibilities, its citizens are represented. Written immediately after the completion of Wood’s Bancroft Award-winning The Creation of the American Republic, this book elaborates on issues also explored in that landmark work.

The subject is one that lies at the heart of any discussion of democracy. Establishing a proper method of representation was a goal and measure of the American Revolution, or as Thomas Jefferson said in 1776, "the whole object of the present controversy." A fine example of political and constitutional history, this timeless little book will serve as an excellent introduction to issues of representation for students in the fields of political science, as well as history and law.

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