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Author Broadwater, Jeff, author

Title George Mason, forgotten founder / Jeff Broadwater
Published Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2006]
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 329 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations, map
Contents A Retreat of Heroes -- Our All Is At Stake -- The Fundamental Principle -- The Most Important of All Subjects -- Growing From Bad to Worse -- Liberty and Independence -- One of the Best Politicians in America -- The Sanction of Their Names -- That Paper on the Table -- I Am Grown Old
Summary From the Publisher: George Mason (1725-92) is often omitted from the small circle of founding fathers celebrated today, but in his service to America he was, in the words of Thomas Jefferson, "of the first order of greatness." Jeff Broadwater provides a comprehensive account of Mason's life at the center of the momentous events of eighteenth-century America. Mason played a key role in the Stamp Act Crisis, the American Revolution, and the drafting of Virginia's first state constitution. He is perhaps best known as author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, often hailed as the model for the Bill of Rights. As a Virginia delegate to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Mason influenced the emerging Constitution on point after point. Yet when he was rebuffed in his efforts to add a bill of rights and felt the document did too little to protect the interests of the South, he refused to sign the final draft. Broadwater argues that Mason's recalcitrance was not the act of an isolated dissenter; rather, it emerged from the ideology of the American Revolution. Mason's concerns about the abuse of political power went to the essence of the American experience
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 307-322) and index
Notes Online resource; title from e-book title screen (JSTOR platform, viewed September 25, 2014)
Subject Mason, George, 1725-1792.
United States. Constitution. 1st-10th Amendments.
Constitutional history -- United States.
Politicians -- Virginia -- Biography.
Statesmen -- United States -- Biography.
United States -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
United States -- History -- Confederation, 1783-1789.
United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783.
Virginia -- History -- 1775-1865.
Virginia -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0807830534 (cloth : alk. paper)
0807877395 (electronic bk.)
1469605147 (electronic bk.)
9780807830536 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780807877395 (electronic bk.)
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