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- De Moneta, Nicholas Oresme, 1484. Translated from Latin by Charles Johnson — Classic treatise on money and coinage.
True Picture of an Ill Practiser of the Law, Anonymous (1703) —
Corrupt lawyers were also a problem in England in the 18th century.
- Cato (A Tragedy in Five Acts), Joseph
Addison (prem. 1713) — Play about Cato the Younger, which inspired the
Founders, especially George Washington.
- Selections from Cato's Letters, John
Trenchard and Thomas Gordon (1720-23) — English newspaper articles
advocating Whig principles, which much influenced the American colonists.
- Considerations on the Causes of the Greatness of the
Romans and their Decline, Charles Montesquieu (~1734) — Historical
analysis that laid the basis for his Spirit of
Laws and Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
- Rules of Decent Behavior, George Washington (~1745) — Short book on how to behvave in polite company.
- A Caveat Against
Injustice, or, An Inquiry into the Evils of a Fluctuating Medium of
Exchange, Roger Sherman (1752) — By the author of the Tender Clause of
the U.S. Constitution.
- Selected Political Writings of Voltaire, (~1764)
— Includes The Philosophy of History and A Treatise on
- Selected Articles from the Encyclopedia Britannica, First Edition (1768-1771) — Includes Commerce and parts of Law.
- An Essay on
the Principle of Population, Thomas Robert Malthus (1798) —
Population growth limited by virtue and vice.
- W On Democracy in
America, Alexis de Toqueville (1835, 1840) — Discusses the society
that makes republican government work and how it is shaped by that form of
- Man the Reformer, Ralph
Waldo Emerson (1841).
- The Moral Equivalent of War,
William James (1910) — Seeks solution to problem of how to sustain
political unity and civic virtue without war or a credible threat.
- Who was the first president of the United States?
The first eight?
Constitutional History &
Liberty Library of Constitutional