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Catalog Number 342 ADA 1788
Object Name Book
Date of Publication 1788
Title A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America, Volume III
Summary Inscription: "J. Brown" (on the title page)

Written in three volumes, "A Defence of the Constitutions" is a survey of republican constitutions from ancient Athens to 18th century European nations. Adams argues for governments that incorporate checks and balances, the separation of powers, an executive branch with a strong veto power, and an independent judiciary.

This book illustrates the debate about the Constitution. This book influenced the framers of the U.S. Constitution as they were creating it in 1787. It was ratified in 1788.

Author Adams, John LL.D.
Publisher Printed for C. Dilly, in the Poultry; and John Stockdale, Piccadilly
Place of Publication London
Language English
Subjects Constitutional history -- United States.
Political science.
United States.
Constitution -- United States.
United States Politics and government 1783-1789.
People John Brown
Search Terms United States Politics