238 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-4797-8
Published: August 1999
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-2038-1
Published: March 2014
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About the Author
Marc W. Kruman, professor and chair of history at Wayne State University, is author of Parties and Politics in North Carolina, 1836-1865.
For more information about Marc W. Kruman, visit the Author Page.
"In this thoughtful book Kruman argues effectively that American constitutionalism’s characteristic commitment to individual rights, broad suffrage, equal representation, separation of powers, and mixed government was clearly pronounced in the state constitutions created over a decade earlier at the time independence was first being declared. Consequently, Kruman’s work deserves the serious attention of anyone examining the origins and development of the American constitutional republic."--Law and History Review
"Demonstrates that more of the inventing of America may have taken place amid the first state constitution debates than many previously might have supposed. . . . A classic work!"--Journal of American History
"A valuable contribution to a rich literature on the creation of state constitutions in the revolutionary era."--Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography
"Important reading for anyone interested in the basic political ideas of the founders."--North Carolina Historical Review
"Kruman's study is replete with insights about the subtleties of state constitution-making in 1776-77. Though this book does not replace Wood's, it is worthy to stand beside it."--Journal of the Early Republic
"Through a subtle and nuanced reading of the state constitutions, Kruman restores a much-needed perspective to our understanding of revolutionary politics."--Journal of Southern History