The Counter-Revolution in Pennsylvania, 1776-1790

The Counter-Revolution in Pennsylvania, 1776-1790

The Counter-Revolution in Pennsylvania, 1776-1790

The Counter-Revolution in Pennsylvania, 1776-1790

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To the layman, a university doctoral dissertation often appears as something to be regarded with awe. Unfortunately, because of this and other factors there are many historical studies in this category which never come to achieve the attention they deserve. Often they are not printed at all; usually, if printed, they are filed in series in the libraries to gather dust with other similar studies. This is not as it should be. Ofttimes these scholarly studies, the product of months and even years of laborious research, are well-written and valuable contributions to historical literature.

Pennsylvania history has been enriched recently by the publication and general distribution of two important studies concerned with its political development. Dr. J. Paul Selsam, now a member of the Department of History at the Pennsylvania State College, completed a few years ago, as a Princeton University dissertation, a study of the Pennsylvania Constitution of 1776 and its background. This has been published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. Dr. Philip Klein, of Franklin and Marshall College, published more recently the results of a similar intensive study of the Jacksonian era in State politics.

The Pennsylvania Historical Commission is delighted to have the opportunity to publish, under its auspices, another of these contributions to knowledge concerning the early political history of the State. It is the first volume in this field made available as a Commission publication. Doctor Brunhouse has shed new light on the political evolution of Pennsylvania during the critical years of readjustment following the American Revolution. The study will take its place with those previously mentioned, and others in preparation, as contributions toward the ultimate reconsideration of many phases of the political history of the Commonwealth.

ROSS PIER WRIGHT, Chairman, Pennsylvania Historical Commission.

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