Roger Sherman and the Creation of the American Republic

Roger Sherman and the Creation of the American Republic

by Mark David Hall


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One of leading figures of his day, Roger Sherman was a member of the five-man committee that drafted the Declaration of Independence and an influential delegate at the Constitutional Convention. As a Representative and Senator in the new republic, he had a hand in determining the proper scope of the national government's power as well as drafting the Bill of Rights. In Roger Sherman and the Creation of the American Republic, Mark David Hall explores Sherman's political theory and shows how it informed his many contributions to America's founding.

A close examination of Sherman's religious beliefs provides insight into how those beliefs informed his political actions. Hall shows that Sherman, like many founders, was influenced by Calvinist political thought, a tradition that played a role in the founding generation's opposition to Great Britain, and led them to develop political institutions designed to prevent corruption, promote virtue, and protect rights. Contrary to oft-repeated assertions that the founders advocated a strictly secular policy, Hall argues persuasively that most founders believed Christianity should play an important role in the new American republic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190218706
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 01/01/2015
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 802,344
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Mark David Hall is Herbert Hoover Distinguished Professor of Politics at George Fox University.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Old Puritan and a New Nation
Chapter 2: Reformed Political Theory in the American Founding
Chapter 3: Connecticut Politics and American Independence
Chapter 4: Achieving Independence
Chapter 5: ''An Eel by the Tail''
Chapter 6: Roger Sherman and the New National Government
Chapter 7: ''Philosophy may mislead you. Ask experience''

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