The Works of John Adams, Second President of the United States: Volume 4

The Works of John Adams, Second President of the United States: Volume 4

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John Adams (1735-1826) was a highly educated and enlightened lawyer who became a central figure in the American Revolution. As a political theorist he influenced the constitutions of the former British colonies in America, and he is regarded, with Jefferson, as the father of the United States Constitution. First published in 1850-6, this collection brings together Adams' major writings. Given their influence not only on the United States, but also on other republics, Adams' works rank among the most important political writings of their time. Volume 4 includes one of Adams' most celebrated works, Novanglus (1775) and the first part of his famous Defence of the Constitutions (1787), which sets out his views on an ideal constitution. Using his extensive legal knowledge, Adams argued that the provincial legislatures had sovereign power and that the colonies were connected to Britain only through the person of the King.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 1 b/w illus.
  • 1139056298
  • 9781139056298

Table of contents

Part I. Controversial Papers of the Revolution (Continued): 1. Novanglus, or a history of the dispute with America, from its origin, in 1754, to the present time; Part II. Works on Government: Editor's preface; 2. The plan; 3. The model; Part III. The Defense: Defense of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America against the Attack of M. Turgot, in his Letter to Dr. Price, 22 March, 1778. Vol. 1: Editor's preface; Preface; Preliminary observations; 4. Of modern democratic republics; 5. Aristocratic republics; 6. Monarchical or regal republics; 7. Opinions of philosophers; 8. Writers on government; 9. Opinions of historians; 10. Ancient democratical republics; 11. Ancient aristocratical republics; 11. Ancient monarchical republics; 12. Conclusion.
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