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The Other Founders

Anti-Federalism and the Dissenting Tradition in America, 1788–1828

Saul Cornell

Paper ISBN 978-0-8078-4786-2

Copyright 1999 by the University of North Carolina Press

A Prize-Winning Book

  Choice Outstanding Academic Title (2000)
  Cox Book Prize, Society of the Cincinnati (2001)

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“A very detailed discussion of the specific ideas of those men who wrote in opposition to the Constitution.... The Anti-Federalists played an important role at a critical stage in nation building. We have not before had as comprehensive a reconstruction of the whole body of their thought and its immediate impact as Cornell gives us in The Other Founders.“

--Joyce O. Appleby

“A brilliant and unique book. Its special contribution lies in its explication of the connections between the institutional structures under which late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Americans lived and the political arguments they made in response to efforts to create and then empower the federal government.... Given the context that he so carefully paints, Cornell brings to life in a way no previous historian has done the rhetoric of Anti-Federalists and early nineteenth-century dissenters warning of the destruction of liberty.”

--William E. Nelson