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Adams, John (1735-1826) A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00177.01 Author/Creator: Adams, John (1735-1826) Place Written: London, England Type: Book signed Date: 1787 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: First edition, printed in London at the Poultry, for C. Dilly. Inscribed by Adams to his cousin, Hannah Adams, and subsequently by Hannah to her nephew, Thomas Adams Hill. In this work, Adams forcibly states the principles on which he perceived the United States to be founded. The book was popular and went through numerous editions. Later, Adams' detractors sought to find in it a hidden desire for a monarchy. In 1788 Adams extended this work by publishing two additional volumes in London. Only the first two volumes are here.

People: Adams, John, 1735-1826.
Adams, Hannah, 1755-1831.

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: US Constitution, State Constitution, Articles of Confederation, Government and Civics, Literature and Language Arts, President Revolutionary War

Sub Era: Creating a New Government