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John Quincy Adams on Roman Law and American Law

John Quincy Adams on Roman Law and American Law

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For John Quincy Adams the difference between the Roman Republic and the United States was not only the rights described in the Constitution but also the necessity of participation in public meetings to set policy.
For John Quincy Adams the difference between the Roman Republic and the United States was not only the rights described in the Constitution but also the necessity of participation in public meetings to set policy.

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THE NEW FEDERALIST November 29, 1988
John Quincy Adams on Roman Law and American Law
Viewpoint
 by Denise Henderson
JOHN QUINCY ADA!" the si#th president o$ the United !tates% &or him the di$$erence 'etween the ancient Roman Repu'(ic and the United !tates" had to 'e understood" not mere(y as )i*in) e*ery American the ri)hts de(in+eated in the Constitution, 'ut the Constitution imposed upon them the necessity o$ their participation -in pu'(ic meetin)s"- to set po(icy%
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