Strengthening Constitutional Self-Government

Programs for Citizens

American Sovereigns: The People and America’s Constitutional Tradition Before the Civil War

by Christian G. Fritz

Cambridge University Press

440, April

Hardcover, 31.00

ISBN: 052112560X

American Sovereigns is a path-breaking interpretation of America’s political history and constitutionalism that explores how Americans struggled over the idea that the people would rule as the sovereign after the American Revolution. National and state debates about government action, law, and the people’s political powers reveal how Americans sought to understand how a collective sovereign—the people—could both play the role as the ruler and yet be ruled by governments of their own choosing.

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