Eighteenth-century American politics does more than simply provide us with the US Constitution. According to Gordon Wood (1991, 32), the stakes of eighteenth-century historical arguments are very high, as they deal with “nothing less than the kind of society we have been, or ought to become.” Barry Shain (1994, xiv) concurs with Wood, arguing that an understanding of the American founding “defines how Americans understand themselves as a historical people, as well as constraining what they might become.” As Wood and Shain indicate, an understanding of eighteenth-century American political thought shapes how we understand our past and informs the decisions we make about our future.
Dr. Jordon B. Barkalow, Thesis Advisor
Dr. Melinda R. Tarsi, Committee Member
Dr. Rachel Navarre, Committee Member
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Novotny, Hannah. (2020). Understanding Sovereignty and the US Constitution: A View from the Massachusetts and Virginia State Ratifying Conventions. In BSU Honors Program Theses and Projects. Item 339. Available at: https://vc.bridgew.edu/honors_proj/339
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