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The Concept of Liberty in the Age of the American Revolution

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"Liberty was the most cherished right possessed by English-speaking people in the eighteenth century. It was both an ideal for the guidance of governors and a standard with which to measure the constitutionality of government; both a cause of the American Revolution and a purpose for drafting the United States Constitution; both an inheritance from Great Britain and a reason republican common lawyers continued to study the law of England." As John Philip Reid goes on to make clear, "liberty" did not mean to the eighteenth ...

The Concept of Liberty in the Age of the American Revolution 1987, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL

ISBN-13: 9780226708966

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