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The Revolutionary Constitution$
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David J. Bodenhamer

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199360444

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199360444.001.0001

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(p.7) 1 Antecedents
The Revolutionary Constitution

David J. Bodenhamer

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the roots of American constitutionalism. Topics discussed include the conflict over the proper division between power and liberty that ran through English history during the centuries of American settlement; the three types of English colonies: charter, proprietary, and royal; and the establishment of a number of themes important to American constitutionalism by the mid-eighteenth century.

Keywords:   American constitutionalism, power, liberty, English colonies

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