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Inventing the People : The Rise of Popular Sovereignty in England and America - Edmund S. Morgan

Inventing the People

The Rise of Popular Sovereignty in England and America

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Published: 17th September 1989
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This book makes the provocative case here that America has remained politically stable because the Founding Fathers invented the idea of the American people and used it to impose a government on the new nation. His landmark analysis shows how the notion of popular sovereignty-the unexpected offspring of an older, equally fictional notion, the "divine right of kings"-has worked in our history and remains a political force today.

"Edmund S. Morgan ... [is] a man with a rare gift for telling the story of the past simply and elegantly without sacrificing its abundant complexity... The story he tells is of enormous interest and importance." -- Pauline Meier - New York Times Book Review "[A] provocative new study... In a series of brilliant chapters, [Morgan] probes the myths that sustained eighteenth-century American notions of liberty." -- Keith Thomas - New York Review of Books

The Divine Right of Kingsp. 17
The Enigma of Representationp. 38
Inventing the Sovereign Peoplep. 55
The People's Two Bodiesp. 78
The Cautious Revolutionp. 94
Colonial Peoplesp. 122
The People in Arms: The Invincible Yeomanp. 153
The People's Choice: Elections and Electioneeringp. 174
The People's Voice: Instructions, Petitions, Associationsp. 209
The Incautious Revolutionp. 239
Inventing an American Peoplep. 263
Epilogue: From Deference to Leadershipp. 288
Indexp. 307
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ISBN: 9780393306231
ISBN-10: 0393306232
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 17th September 1989
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 12.7  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.36