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The Origins of the Federal Republic
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Historians have emphasized the founding fathers' statesmanship and vision in the development of a more powerful union under the federal constitution. In The Origins of the Federal Republic, Peter S. Onuf clarifies the founders' achievement by demonstrating with case studies of New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Virginia that territorial confrontations among the former colonies played a crucial role in shaping early concepts of statehood and union and provided the true basis of the American federalist system.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Maps
  2. p. ix
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xiii-xvii
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  1. PART ONE: THE EARLY AMERICAN STATE SYSTEM
  2. p. 1
  1. 1. Congress and the States: Conflict Resolution in the New Nation
  2. pp. 3-20
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  1. 2. From Colony to Territory: Changing Concepts of Statehood
  2. pp. 21-46
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  1. PART TWO: STATE-MAKING
  2. p. 47
  1. 3. State and Citizen: Settlers Against the Pennsylvania Charter
  2. pp. 49-73
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  1. 4. Virginia and the West
  2. pp. 75-102
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  1. 5. An Unbounded State: New York, Vermont, and the Western Lands
  2. pp. 103-125
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  1. 6. The New State of Vermont: Revolution Within a Revolution
  2. pp. 127-145
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  1. PART THREE: ORIGINS OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC
  2. p. 147
  1. 7. New States and the New Nation: American Territorial Policy in the "Critical Period"
  2. pp. 149-172
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  1. 8. Constitutional Crisis
  2. pp. 173-185
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  1. 9. Making a "Miracle": The Reconstitution of American Politics
  2. pp. 186-209
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 211-274
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 275-284
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