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Inventing the People: The Rise of Popular Sovereignty in England and America

History


by
Edmund S. Morgan

Book Details

Format: EPUB

Page count: 320 pages

File size: 615 KB

Protection: DRM

Language: English

“The best explanation that I have seen for our distinctive combination of faith, hope and naivete concerning the governmental process.” —Michael Kamman, Washington Post 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.

“The best explanation that I have seen for our distinctive combination of faith, hope and naivete concerning the governmental process.” —Michael Kamman, Washington Post 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… (more)

“The best explanation that I have seen for our distinctive combination of faith, hope and naivete concerning the governmental process.” —Michael Kamman, Washington Post 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.

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