One of leading figures of his day, Roger Sherman was a member of the five-man committee that drafted the Declaration of Independence and an influential delegate at the Constitutional Convention. As a Representative and Senator in the new republic, he had a hand in determining the proper scope of the national government's power as well as drafting the Bill of Rights. In Roger Sherman and the Creation of the American Republic, Mark David Hall explores Sherman's political theory and shows how it informed his many contributions to America's founding. A close examination of Sherman's religious beliefs provides insight into how those beliefs informed his political actions. Hall shows that Sherman, like many founders, was influenced by Calvinist political thought, a tradition that played a role in the founding generation's opposition to Great Britain, and led them to develop political institutions designed to prevent corruption, promote virtue, and protect rights. Contrary to oft-repeated assertions that the founders advocated a strictly secular policy, Hall argues persuasively that most founders believed Christianity should play an important role in the new American republic.
Mark David Hall is Herbert Hoover Distinguished Professor of Politics at George Fox University.
Chapter 1: The Old Puritan and a New Nation ; Chapter 2: Reformed Political Theory in the American Founding ; Chapter 3: Connecticut Politics and American Independence ; Chapter 4: Achieving Independence ; Chapter 5: "An Eel by the Tail" ; Chapter 6: Roger Sherman and the New National Government ; Chapter 7: "Philosophy may mislead you. Ask experience" ; Notes ; Appendix ; Index