Publication Year: 1980
Published by: Louisiana State University Press
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Title Page, Copyright Page
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THAT the name of George Mason should be acclaimed throughout the Republic whose birth pangs he shared, and indeed throughout the free...
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THE Potomac River south of Washington alters its slow, southeasterly course to form a giant horseshoe whose open end looks toward Baltimore...
1. Heir to a Personal Dominion
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MENTION the Northern Neck to a present-day Virginian and there will arise in his mind the image of a long, flat finger of land still predominantly...
2. A Proper Home
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MASON could have built a larger house, but he planned Gunston Hall exactly as he was learning to approach most human endeavors— with moderation...
3. "The Necessity of the Times"
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HISTORICAL "ifs" are guesswork, therefore useful only when they set off a fact more clearly by focusing on its opposite. If there had been no Stamp...
4. Crisis at Williamsburg
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As he rode south, Mason reflected on his two sorrowful years as a widower, and on the ominous prospect facing the Colony. The same month Ann died, March, 1773, the House of Burgesses in Williamsburg...
5. Victory—and New Conflict
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IN December of 1770 Mason declared that Americans regarded independence as "the wildest chimera that ever disturbed a madman's brain...
6. Constitution and Compromise
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BY the spring of 1787 the political apparatus of the young United States government was operating at a level of dismal inefficiency. Disabled from the start by the lack of taxing and regulatory authority...
7. The Antifederalist Crusade
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THE distressing outcome of four sultry months in Philadelphia, amplified by the accident and bloodletting in Maryland, was the climax of an adventure...
8. Retreat to Gunston Hall
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THE discord at the ratifying convention left its scars. Colonel Mason now spoke of Edmund Randolph as "young A-- d," comparing his former associate with the detested Benedict Arnold. Washington himself...
The Virginia Declaration of Rights
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A DECLARATION of RIGHTS made by the representatives of the good people of Virginia, assembled in f u l l and free Convention; which rights do pertain to them, and their posterity, as the basis and foundation of government...
A Note on the Sources
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Scattered letters from George Mason's pen now rest in collections from Boston to Richmond, but the main body is gathered in the Mason papers...
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This book benefited immeasurably from the editorial hand of James R. Short of Colonial Williamsburg, who gave the manuscript a final polish...
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Page Count: 144
Publication Year: 1980