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Connecticut Politics and American Independence

Mark David Hall

in Roger Sherman and the Creation of the American Republic

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199929849
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980574 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199929849.003.0003
Connecticut Politics and American Independence

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This chapter offers a brief overview of Connecticut politics in the eighteenth century. After discussing Sherman's first significant publication, “A Caveat against Injustice,” it describes his rise to prominence as a civic leader in the state. The bulk of the chapter focuses on his role in America's move toward independence. A central thesis is that Sherman and his Calvinists colleagues were significantly influenced by religious concerns and the Reformed political tradition.

Keywords: Connecticut; politics; General Assembly; jurist; revolution; Reformed; war; Continental and Confederation Congresses; money; taxation; Parliament; King George

Chapter.  8806 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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