Summary Of 'The Birth Of The Republic'

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The Birth of the Republic is a book written by Edmund S. Morgan that gives a great account of the Revolutionary period in American history. His book shows how thirteen colonies transformed into a nation, the nation of the United States of America. After reading this book I feel that I have a much better understanding for what went on during this time period. Throughout the book Morgan tries to proof that his thesis for the book is true. His thesis is that principle and the search for principle can shape history and did shape this nation (page X). He is trying to prove that the equality of people helped shaped this nation into what it is today. I believe that his thesis throughout the book is well proven and I agree that principle has shaped…show more content…
The Americans’ search for principles begins in the first chapter. The Birth of the Republic shows how the challenge of British taxation started the Americans on a search for constitutional principles to protect their freedom and would eventually lead to the Revolution. This is shown when Morgan states, “Throughout the war and after, Americans maintained that they were preserving the true tradition of English history, a tradition that had been upset by forces of darkness and corruption on England itself.” (page 7). The colonists were naturally upset about the high amount of ridiculous taxes that were being placed on them, which caused them to revolt. British impositions were being placed on the colonists for the next ten years including, the Stamp Act, Sugar Act,…show more content…
The idea of the colonists’ search for principles was made apparent throughout the book. He identified ways that they progressed into an independent nation and how their attitudes changed. Morgan used a lot of direct quotes from others and included a bibliography, along with copies of the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution, a time line of important dates and an index. He made this book much more useful by including those additions. The only weakness of this book was that it went very in depth and was sometimes difficult to follow because of it. Also, this work was a higher-level reading that might not appeal to everyone. A positive of The Birth of the Republic would be that Morgan made all of his points very persuasive and accurate which can lead his audience to believe in his ideas. For anyone who would like to know more about Revolutionary America, this would be the book to read because of Morgan’s extensive knowledge of this area. The Birth of the Republic is definitely not a book that I personally would read again, but that does not at all mean that it was not well researched and well written. Although I did not enjoy reading this book, Morgan helped me understand the Revolution and the mind-set of the

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