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This comprehensive study highlights the importance of legislative and extralegal committees in the political and institutional development of early American history, showing how the colonial experience modified a basic British institution, using it in the cause of legislative supremacy and, eventually, independence. The book illuminates the role played by committees in the growth of colonial self-government, tracing the committee system to its origins in the parliamentary committees of medieval England, then following the permutations of the committee system through the decades in which self-government emerged in South Carolina. Solid, penetrating, the book offers new depths of insight into an important process that had vital importance to the growth of representative government in America.
George E. Frakes is chairman of the Department of History at Santa Barbara City College.
The University Press of Kentucky
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South Carolina, South Carolina politics, South Carolina history
United States History
Frakes, George Edward, "Laboratory for Liberty: The South Carolina Legislative Committee System 1719–1776" (1970). United States History. 61.