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Government by Dissent: Protest, Resistance, and Radical Democratic Thought in the Early American Republic

Robert W.T. Martin


Democracy is the rule of the people. But what exactly does it mean for a people to rule? Which practices and behaviors are legitimate, and which are democratically suspect? We generally think of democracy as government by consent; a government of, by, and for the people. This has been true from John Locke through Abraham Lincoln to the present day. Yet in understandably stressing the importance of popular consent, we commonly downplay or even denigrate the role of dissent in democratic governments. This book explores the idea that the people most important in a flourishing democracy are those ... More

Keywords: democracy, political radicals, popular politics, dissent, farmers, consent, democratic politics, status quo

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780814738245
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814738245.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert W.T. Martin, author