By Richard A. Harris, Daniel J. Tichenor
This reference source combines designated historic research, scholarly essays, and first resource records to discover the evolution of principles and associations that experience formed American govt and american citizens' political behavior.
• Over 50 members, together with a mixture of uncommon and state-of-the-art political scientists and historians
• approximately two hundred fundamental resources, together with Federalist and Anti-Federalist writings, presidential speeches, and landmark ultimate court docket cases
• vintage engravings and political cartoons aligned with key sessions in American political development
• Tables of presidents and congressional management and maps exhibiting electoral votes over time
• identify and topic indexes for every volume
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The Anti-Federalist emphasis on the importance of civic virtue also can be seen in their response to Federalist claims that America in the late 1780s had entered a ‘‘critical period’’ that necessitated the creation of a powerful central government. The Federalists argued that America’s domestic economy and international standing were on the brink of ruin, and the country Political Thought in the Early Republic 19 could be saved only by the new Constitution. Antifederalists sometimes responded that there was, in fact, no crisis, and that Federalists were merely attempting to scare Americans into embracing a powerful centralized state that would entail the end of republican selfrule.
Lacking the people’s trust, representatives would not be freely obeyed. And without the freely granted support of the people, the government would resort to force ‘‘to compel obedience,’’ as the federal farmer put it (Storing 1981a, v. 2, 384). For instance, as Brutus noted, if the American people were asked to pay taxes to a federal government from which they felt estranged, they would do so only 22 Foundations: Liberalism, Republicanism, and Reform in American Political Thought if forced. In the view of the Anti-Federalists, republics are based on ‘‘persuasion,’’ whereas despotic governments rest on ‘‘force’’ (Storing 1981a, v.