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Gentlemen RevolutionariesPower and Justice in the New American Republic$
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Tom Cutterham

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780691172668

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691172668.001.0001

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Conclusion

Conclusion

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(p.152) Conclusion
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Gentlemen Revolutionaries
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Tom Cutterham

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691172668.003.0007

This concluding chapter argues that behind the gentlemen's concern for property itself, there lay a deeper set of interests and anxieties. This was the question of social order. What they feared most, and what they believed lay at the root of such unjust measures as the paper-money laws, was the people's licentiousness. It was licentiousness, above all, that the new constitution was designed to crush. For gentlemen, it was the fate of the republic—and the outcome of the revolution—that hung in the balance. If social order and commercial justice could not be secured through the republican means offered in the constitutional proposals, then it would soon be imposed by harsher means.

Keywords:   property, social order, paper-money laws, licentiousness, constitution, commercial justice

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