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Dave Benner produces content on topics related to the American founding period. He is the author of Compact of the Republic: The League of States and the Constitution, which defends the Constitution as an agreement between states and refutes contemporary legal thought.

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Dave Benner produces content on topics related to the American founding period. He is the author of Compact of the Republic: The League of States and the Constitution, which defends the Constitution as an agreement between states and refutes contemporary legal thought.

    2.22: The State Constitutions

    2.22: The State Constitutions

    When the American states seceded from a monarchical empire, they reformed their political systems to embrace constitutional republicanism.

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    Most of the content in this section is elaborated upon in greater length and with additional context in Compact of the Republic: The League of States and the Constitution: https://amzn.to/2Qi1Fzw

    Other recommended reading(s):
    -Murray Rothbard, Conceived in Liberty: https://amzn.to/2N35LJT
    -Gordon Wood, The American Revolution: https://amzn.to/2DaNaMa
    -Bernard Bailyn, The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution: https://amzn.to/2xJ7D5A

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    Website: www.davebenner.com

    • 53 Min.
    2.21: Crossing the Delaware

    2.21: Crossing the Delaware

    Washington gave the new American states the best conceivable Christmas present when he crossed the Delaware River and surprised the Hessians.

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    Most of the content in this section is elaborated upon in greater length and with additional context in Compact of the Republic: The League of States and the Constitution: https://amzn.to/2Qi1Fzw

    Other recommended reading(s):
    -David McCullough, 1776: https://amzn.to/2Qbp0Ti
    -Murray Rothbard, Conceived in Liberty: https://amzn.to/2N35LJT
    -Don Higginbotham, George Washington and the American Military Tradition: https://amzn.to/2xJm61E

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    Website: www.davebenner.com

    • 31 Min.
    2.20: Disaster in New York

    2.20: Disaster in New York

    Right after independence was declared, Washington suffered a catastrophe that very nearly led to the capture of the entire Continental Army.

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    Most of the content in this section is elaborated upon in greater length and with additional context in Compact of the Republic: The League of States and the Constitution: https://amzn.to/2Qi1Fzw

    Other recommended reading(s):
    -Gordon Wood, The Radicalism of the American Revolution: https://amzn.to/2xJ78bI
    -David McCullough, 1776: https://amzn.to/2Qbp0Ti
    -Murray Rothbard, Conceived in Liberty: https://amzn.to/2N35LJT

    Youtube: www.youtube.com/dbenner83
    Website: www.davebenner.com

    • 23 Min.
    2.19: Independence

    2.19: Independence

    After more than a year of military strife in New England, the Continental Congress finally severed all ties with the British Empire – after a few states did so first.

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    Most of the content in this section is elaborated upon in greater length and with additional context in Compact of the Republic: The League of States and the Constitution: https://amzn.to/2Qi1Fzw

    Other recommended reading(s):
    -The Virginia Declaration of Rights
    -Virginia Constitution of 1776
    -The Declaration of Independence
    -Kevin Gutzman, Virginia's American Revolution: From Dominion to Republic, 1776-1840: https://amzn.to/2NLteo6
    -Mercy Otis Warren, The Rise, Progress, and Termination of the American Revolution: https://amzn.to/2DDKirt
    -Murray Rothbard, Conceived in Liberty: https://amzn.to/2N35LJT

    Youtube: www.youtube.com/dbenner83
    Website: www.davebenner.com

    • 27 Min.
    2.17: Common Sense

    2.17: Common Sense

    The American cause for independence needed a spokesman, and found it in Thomas Paine – an Englishman.

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    Most of the content in this section is elaborated upon in greater length and with additional context in Compact of the Republic: The League of States and the Constitution: https://amzn.to/2Qi1Fzw

    Other recommended reading(s):
    -Thomas Paine, Common Sense: https://amzn.to/2On5iqu
    -Murray Rothbard, Conceived in Liberty: https://amzn.to/2N35LJT

    Youtube: www.youtube.com/dbenner83
    Website: www.davebenner.com

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    2.16: The Second Continental Congress

    2.16: The Second Continental Congress

    While some viewed Massachusetts’ plight as an isolated incident, others believed it deserved a concerted colonial response. The Second Continental Congress was tasked with sorting these matters out.

    Like the podcast? Check out my youtube channel:
    http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=dbenner83

    Most of the content in this section is elaborated upon in greater length and with additional context in Compact of the Republic: The League of States and the Constitution: https://amzn.to/2Qi1Fzw

    Other recommended reading(s):
    -Mercy Otis Warren, The Rise, Progress, and Termination of the American Revolution: https://amzn.to/2DDKirt
    -Murray Rothbard, Conceived in Liberty: https://amzn.to/2N35LJT

    Youtube: www.youtube.com/dbenner83
    Website: www.davebenner.com

    • 33 Min.

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