Why Is There No "Republic"?
A question raised regarding why Black' Law Dictionary (5th ed.) doesn't contain the word "Republic", especially when the 3rd ed. apparently included it.
Date: 9/8/2009 1:44:22 AM ( 12 y ) ... viewed 1575 times
Just emailed the following to: "firstname.lastname@example.org" (although I have no idea if that will get to the publisher of "Black's Law Dictionary" formerly published by West.
I have the abridged 5th edition of Black's. I do not find "Republic" listed. (I see "Republication".) Can you give any thoughts as to why there is no "Republic"? Thank You!
I sent after reading: "Republic. A commonwealth; that form of government in which the administration of affairs is open to all the citizens. In another sense, it signifies the state, independently of its government." plus the footnote "Black's Dictionary 3rd Ed. p1536." at:
What inspired me to searching for this in the 5th ed. (which I have)was the key significance of "the state, independently of its government."
And after I originally posted the above I read on:
"The once colonial and now state administrative government and other equitable and economic interests wanted a Constitution. The State, status of the sovereign people, was independent of the administrating government in the republics. This explains the need to use the phrase, 'We the People of the United States.' This new agreement had almost no power over, 'The ordinary citizen, living on his farm, owned in fee simple, untroubled by any relics of feudalism, untaxed save by himself, saying his say to all the world in town meetings.' For he, 'had a new self-reliance. Wrestling with his soul and plough on week days, and the innumerable points of the minister’s sermon on Sundays and meeting days, he was coming to be a tough nut for any imperial system to crack' (35) and he certainly didn’t want this new Constitution."
This is some picture "the ordinary citizen, living on his farm" as the apparent bedrock of America!
One can only wonder what happened between the time of publishing the 3rd and the fifth editions! In any case I think the question that I sent converts to a nice headline!
At lease we have the term in the 3rd!
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