THE

AMERICAN REPUBLIC:

ITS

CONSTITUTION, TENDENCIES, AND DESTINY.

BY

O. A. BROWNSON, LL. D.

NEW YORK:
P. O'SHEA, 104 BLEECKER STREET,
1866.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1865, by P. O'SHEA,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of New York.

TO THE
HON. GEORGE BANCROFT,
THE ERUDITE, PHILOSOPHICAL, AND ELOQUENT
Historian of the United States,
THIS FEEBLE ATTEMPT TO SET FORTH THE PRINCIPLES OF
GOVERNMENT, AND TO EXPLAIN AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF
THE AMERICAN REPUBLIC, IS RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED,
IN MEMORY OF OLD FRIENDSHIP, AND AS A
SLIGHT HOMAGE TO GENIUS, ABILITY,
PATRIOTISM, PRIVATE WORTH,
AND PUBLIC SERVICE,
BY THE AUTHOR.

CONTENTS.

  [Introduction, by Jon Roland]

PAGE

PREFACE

CHAPTER I.

  INTRODUCTION ...................................................... 1

CHAPTER II.

  GOVERNMENT ...................................................... 15

CHAPTER III.

  ORIGIN OF GOVERNMENT ......................................... 26

CHAPTER IV.

  ORIGIN OF GOVERNMENT — Continued .......................... 43

CHAPTER V.

  ORIGIN OF GOVERNMENT — Continued ....................... 71

CHAPTER VI.

  ORIGIN OF GOVERNMENT — Concluded ........................... 106

CHAPTER VII.

  CONSTITUTION OF GOVERNMENT ................................. 188

CHAPTER VIII.

  CONSTITUTION OF GOVERNMENT — Concluded .................... 166

CHAPTER IX.

  THE UNITED STATES .................... 192

CHAPTER X.

  CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES .................... 218

CHAPTER XI.

  THE CONSTITUTION — Continued .................... 244

CHAPTER XII.

  SECESSION .................... 277

CHAPTER XIII.

  RECONSTRUCTION .................... 309

CHAPTER XIV.

  POLITICAL TENDENCIES .................... 348

CHAPTER XV.

  DESTINY — POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS .................... 392


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