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Redeeming the Republic : Federalists, Taxation, and the Origins of the Constitution - Roger H. Brown

Redeeming the Republic

Federalists, Taxation, and the Origins of the Constitution

Paperback Published: 1st February 2000
ISBN: 9780801863554
Number Of Pages: 352
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Why were Federalists at the 1787 Philadelphia convention -- ostensibly called to revise the Articles of Confederation -- so intent on scrapping the old system and drawing up a completely new frame of government?

In Redeeming the Republic, Roger Brown focuses on state public-policy issues to show how recurrent outbreaks of popular resistance to tax crackdowns forced state governments to retreat from taxation, propelling elites into support for the constitutional revolution of 1787. The Constitution, Brown contends, resulted from upper-class dismay over the state governments' inability to tax effectively for state and federal purposes. The Framers concluded that, without a rebuilt, energized central government, the confederation would experience continued monetary and fiscal turmoil until republicanism itself became endangered.

A fresh and searching study of the hard questions that divided Americans in these critical years and still do today, Redeeming the Republic shows how local failures led to federalist resolve and ultimately to a totally new frame of central government.

Industry Reviews

A skilful and challenging analysis with wide-ranging implications... Brown stresses that the Federalists believed human behavior could be improved through the agency of a stronger, more energetic federal government. -- Keith Mason * History * Interesting and valuable for reminding us that tax policy was an important factor in the making of the Constitution. -- Jackson Turner Main * Journal of American History * A book for the policy 'wonks' of the 1780s. -- Jack N. Rakove * Reviews in American History *

List of Tablesp. ix
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 3
The Confederation Congress and The Requisition System
An Insolvent Congressp. 11
The Failed Quest For A Federal Tax Powerp. 22
Heavy State Taxationp. 32
Taxers And Reliefersp. 41
The States
Pennsylvaniap. 53
South Carolinap. 69
Rhode Islandp. 83
Massachusettsp. 97
The Other Nine Statesp. 122
The Critical Period And Republican Synthesis Interpretations
The Critical Period: A Fiscal Breakdownp. 141
An Unvirtuous People: The Federalists' Viewp. 156
An Emerging Federalist Agenda and Its Opponents
Early Proposals and Trial Balloonsp. 171
Framing An Enduring Republicp. 184
The Antifederalists And The Ratification Campaignp. 200
Beyond Ratification
The Promise of an Energetic Republicp. 221
The Constitution Prevailsp. 234
Early Postwar Fiscal Measures: Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, and South Carolinap. 247
Notables and Leaders of Philadelphia's Improvement Societiesp. 255
Relaxed Government: Selected Quotations from the Federalist Campp. 258
A Note on Sources and Methodp. 263
Abbreviationsp. 267
Notesp. 269
Indexp. 327
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ISBN: 9780801863554
ISBN-10: 0801863554
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st February 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.89 x 15.29  x 2.26
Weight (kg): 0.57

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