Does anyone have the book that Professor Birzer referenced in this episode?
Gordon Wood, The Radicalism of the American Revolution (1992)
He says this author asserts that “Every major Founder, every signer of the Declaration, believed by the time of his own death that the American republic had already fallen, that though we maintained the word “republic” and had the form of a republic, we had lost the essence, the spirit, of what that republic is about.”
I’m just curious if Gordon Woods’s book had documentation for that claim. It’s an impressive fact, and I just wanted to get more support for it, if someone can tell me whether the book has that support.