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Published: 30 May 2019

416 Pages | 21


ISBN: 9780190462857

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American States of Nature

The Origins of Independence, 1761-1775

Mark Somos

  • Makes an original claim about the importance of the state of nature discourse for the American Revolution and early constitutional design
  • Describes hundreds of rarely or previously never cited manuscripts, annotations, and other archival discoveries from the period leading up to the Revolution
  • Reviews several twenty-first-century court decisions and opinions that relied heavily on interpretations of state of nature references in historical American texts
  • Assesses recent court decisions and opinions in order to enable better interpretations in the future