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The rise of American democracy : Jefferson to Lincoln

Author: Sean Wilentz
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton and Company, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
Political historian Wilentz traces an arc from the earliest days of the Republic to the opening shots of the Civil War, showing how the elitist young American republic became a rough-and-tumble democracy. He brings to life the era after the American Revolution, when the idea of democracy remained contentious, and Jeffersonians and Federalists clashed over the role of ordinary citizens in government of, by, and for  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sean Wilentz
ISBN: 0393058204 9780393058208 0393329216 9780393329216
OCLC Number: 57414581
Awards: Winner of Bancroft Prize 2006
Commended for L.A. Times Book Prize (History) 2005
Winner of New York Times Notable Selection 2005
Description: xxiii, 1044 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps, portraits (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue --
The crisis of the new order. American democracy in a revolutionary age ; The Republican interest and the self-created democracy ; The making of Jeffersonian democracy ; Jefferson's two presidencies ; Nationalism and the War of 1812 --
Democracy ascendant. The era of bad feelings ; Slavery, compromise, and democratic politics ; The politics of moral improvement ; The aristocracy and democracy of America ; The Jackson era : uneasy beginnings ; Radical democracies ; 1832 : Jackson's crucial year ; Banks, abolitionists, and the equal rights democracy ; "The republic has degenerated into a democracy" ; The politics of hard times ; Whigs, Democrats, and democracy --
Slavery and the crisis of American democracy. Whig debacle, Democratic confusion ; Antislavery, annexation, and the advent of young Hickory ; The bitter fruits of Manifest Destiny ; War, slavery, and the American 1848 ; Political truce, uneasy consequences ; The truce collapses ; A nightmare broods over society ; The faith that right makes might ; The Iliad of all our woes --
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A grand political history in a fresh new style of how the elitist young American republic became a rough-and-tumble democracy.  Read more...


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"This is a dense, authoritative and well-written study." The Economist"

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