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Political Community in Revolutionary Pennsylvania, 1774-1800

Kenneth Owen


Political Community in Revolutionary Pennsylvania challenges the ways we understand popular sovereignty in the American Revolution, demonstrating how ordinary citizens wielded significant political power. Previous histories place undue focus on either elite political thought or class analysis; on the contrary, citizens cared most about the establishment of a representative, publicly legitimate political process. Popular activism constrained leaders, creating a system through which governmental actions were made more representative of the will of the community. This book analyzes developments i ... More

Keywords: political history, American Revolution, constitutions, Pennsylvania, popular activism, political violence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198827979
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198827979.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kenneth Owen, author
Assistant Professor of History, University of Illinois Springfield