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Originally published in 1982. Despite a necessary preoccupation with the Revolutionary struggle, America's Continental Congress succeeded in establishing itself as a governing body with national—and international—authority. How the Congress acquired and maintained this power and how the delegates sought to resolve the complex theoretical problems that arose in forming a federal government are the issues confronted in Jack N. Rakove's searching reappraisal of Revolution-era politics. Avoiding the tendency to interpret the decisions of the Congress in terms of competing factions or conflicting ideologies, Rakove opts for a more pragmatic view. He reconstructs the political climate of the Revolutionary period, mapping out both the immediate problems confronting the Congress and the available alternatives as perceived by the delegates. He recreates a landscape littered with unfamiliar issues, intractable problems, unattractive choices, and partial solutions, all of which influenced congressional decisions on matters as prosaic as military logistics or as abstract as the definition of federalism.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title Page
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Preface
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  1. Part One: Resistance and Revolution
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  1. I. Resistance Without Union, 1770–1774
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  1. II. The Creation of a Mandate
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  1. III. The First Continental Congress
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  1. IV. War and Politics, 1775–1776
  2. pp. 63-86
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  1. V. Independence
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  1. VI. A Lengthening War
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  1. Part Two: Confederation
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  1. VII. Confederation Considered
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  1. VIII. Confederation Drafted
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  1. IX. The Beginnings of National Government
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  1. X. Ambition and Responsibility: An Essay on Revolutionary Politics
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  1. Part Three: Crises
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  1. XI. Factional Conflict and Foreign Policy
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  1. XII. A Government Without Money
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  1. XIII. The Administration of Robert Morris
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  1. Part Four: Reform
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  1. XIV. Union Without Power: The Confederation in Peacetime
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  1. XV. Toward the Philadelphia Convention
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  1. Notes, A Note on Primary Sources, Index
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  1. Abbreviations
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  1. Notes
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  1. A Note on Primary Sources
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  1. Index
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  1. A Note About the Author, A Note on the Type
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