Roger Sherman and the Creation of the American Republic by Mark David Hall

Roger Sherman and the Creation of the American Republic

byMark 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 scopeof 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 GreatBritain, 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 animportant role in the new American republic.

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Mark David Hall is Herbert Hoover Distinguished Professor of Politics at George Fox University.
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Title:Roger Sherman and the Creation of the American RepublicFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.09 × 6.1 × 0.71 inPublished:January 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. The Old Puritan and a New Nation2. Reformed Political Theory in the American Founding3. Connecticut Politics and American Independence4. Achieving Independence5. ''An Eel by the Tail''6. Roger Sherman and the New National Government7. ''Philosophy may mislead you. Ask experience''NotesAppendixIndex

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"This slim volume should find its way onto many syllabi. Clearly and engagingly written, itis perfect for undergraduates, who also respond enthusastically to the 'forgotten founder' trope. This fine study is recommended not only for students but also for scholars who believe they canunderstand the founding as a purely secular event." --The Journal of American History