This Republic
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About the book

 


This Republic is a short but concise book which draws upon the writings of the American founding period, and extensively upon the writings of John Adams, to illuminate, or bring to light, the principles of republican government, and thus, of the American government.

For the United States is a republic, and its government is republican. But the word republican, in a governmental context, has become unfamiliar to the public, to the people, where it was once commonly used and understood.  

In This Republic, a republic is defined and then compared and contrasted with other forms of government; the principles of representative government and the consent of the governed are explained; the origins of the idea of a president, a senate and a house of representatives are detailed; the importance of the separation and balance of powers is demonstrated; and how the combination of all these elements to protect and preserve the liberties of the people, is made clear. 

This Republic also includes John Adams' Thoughts on Government, his advice to all the colonies on plans of government once their connections to Great Britain had become permanently severed; and the Constitution of the United States, the ultimate result of the American Revolution, a plan of government which put into action the great experiment in American self-government: a large people in a large territory governing themselves without the existence or influence of any royal or aristocratic authority.

For over two hundred years, this republican experiment in self-government, as John Adams wrote, "has completely succeeded."