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Commons democracy : reading the politics of participation in the early United States

Author: Dana D Nelson
Publisher: New York : Fordham University Press, [2016] ©2016
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Commons Democracy highlights a poorly understood dimension of democracy in the early United States. It tells a story that, like the familiar one, begins in the Revolutionary era. But instead of the tale of the Founders' high-minded ideals and their careful crafting of the safe framework for democracy--a representative republican government--Commons Democracy examines the power of the democratic spirit, the ideals  Read more...
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Nelson, Dana D.
Commons democracy.
New York : Fordham University Press, [2016]
(DLC) 2015018249
(OCoLC)926050046
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Dana D Nelson
ISBN: 9780823268429 082326842X
OCLC Number: 941700430
Description: 1 online resource (219 pages)
Contents: Telling stories: vernacular versus formal democracy --
Between savagery and civilization: the Whiskey Rebellion and a democratic middle way --
The privatizing state: the pioneers and the closing of the legal commons --
Settler self-governance: democratic politics on the frontier --
From nothing to start, into being: the anti-rent wars, the Indian question, and the triumph of liberalism --
Conclusion: "The wayward, multitudinous people."
Responsibility: Dana D. Nelson.

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Commoning customs and practices in the Revolutionary era offered non-elite actors a relationship to democratic power different from the representative democracy that would be institutionalized by the  Read more...

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An important contribution, at a vital moment, to renewing appreciation of democracy as the awkward practice of sharing power to shape common existence. -- -Wendy Brown "Commons Democracy is an Read more...

 
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