John Adams: A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America

(1787–1788)

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John Adams’s renowned treatise on political philosophy, the three-volume A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America, is a sweeping historical survey of republican constitutions from ancient Athens to contemporary European nations, with a detailed analysis of republican government and its philosophic foundations. Adams’s aim was to show that only balanced governments that incorporate checks and balances could ensure the stability and survival of any...