Thoughts on Government

"Thoughts on Government", or in full "Thoughts on Government, Applicable to the Present State of the American Colonies", was written by John Adams during the spring of 1776 in response to a resolution of the North Carolina Provincial Congress which requested Adams's suggestions on the establishment of a new government and the drafting of a constitution. Adams says that "Politics is the Science of human Happiness -and the Felicity of Societies depends on the Constitutions of Government under which they live." Many of the ideas put forth in Adams's essay were adopted in December 1776 by the framers of North Carolina's first constitution.

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* [http://oll.libertyfund.org/?option=com_staticxt&staticfile=show.php%3Ftitle=592&chapter=76854&layout=html&Itemid=27 "Thoughts on Government"] at [http://oll.libertyfund.org/ Online Library of Liberty]


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