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Jefferson's America, 1760-1815 / Edition 2

Jefferson's America, 1760-1815 / Edition 2

by Norman K. Risjord


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A captivating and lucid narrative of America's revolutionary generation, Jefferson's America takes the reader from the earliest rumblings of colonial dissent, through the crises of revolution and nation-making, to the heroic drama of the War of 1812. Norman K. Risjord deftly weaves together strands of biography and social history with military and political history to depict the rich fabric of the young republic. While most writers on this period conclude with the end of the Revolution, the ratification of the Constitution, or the election of Jefferson, Risjord contends that there is a fundamental continuity in the history of the Early Republic. The basic problems involved in creating a stable, representative government were not resolved until the "second war of independence," a symbolic end for the Revolutionary generation, which produced a sense of national unity and determined the viability of the new nation. Risjord incorporates new social and economic perspectives, and he deals suggestively with the struggle over "who shall rule at home." Yet he still presents the pivotal events of the War for Independence, the framing of the Constitution, the "Revolution of 1800," and the War of 1812 in an interesting and understandable way. This is no watered-down version of the national myth, but a subtle and well-told story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742521735
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 03/01/2002
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.05(w) x 9.13(h) x 0.96(d)

About the Author

Norman K. Risjord is professor emeritus of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was a prize-winning teacher for more than three decades. He is the author of thirteen books on American history, including a biography of Thomas Jefferson.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Mapsxiii
Prelude: The American Landscape in 17601
A Tour of the Northern Colonies2
A Tour of the South17
1The Atlantic Trading Community35
The Atlantic Economy36
The Staple Trade39
The Urban Experience43
2The Atlantic Cultural Community47
The Educational Exchange47
The Scientific Exchange49
The Artistic Community55
The Literary Community56
Dawn of Enlightenment58
Religous Awakenings62
British America in 176368
3The Imperial Challenge, 1763-177071
Writs of Assistance74
The Parson's Cause75
Parliament Takes a Hand77
The Stamp Act79
Parliament Retreats86
A New Challenge: Townshend Taxes89
"The Bloody Business on King Street"93
4The Road to Revolution, 1770-177497
An Internal Distraction: The Regulators97
Controversy over the Wilderness100
Samuel Adams: Lonely Rebel103
Orchestrated Violence: The Tea Parties106
The Continental Congress112
Economic Warfare116
5Struggle for Independence, 1775-1778119
Gathering an Army121
Common Sense124
The Revolution as Civil War128
An Island versus a Continent132
From Long Island to Trenton134
Contest for the Fourteenth Colony138
The Hinge of Fate141
A World War147
6A Nation Born153
Winter at Valley Forge153
Stalemate in the North155
Conquering the Northwest159
The War Shifts to the South159
The Road to Yorktown163
The Financial Crisis165
The Peacemakers167
7The Revolution at Home171
Thirteen Republics173
A Bourgeois Society177
African Americans, Slave and Free179
Liberty's Daughters Become the Republic's Mothers183
Reform with Caution186
8A Time of Trial193
Articles of Confederation193
Origins of National Politics196
Organizing the West198
Demobilization and Depression203
The Fight over Paper Money207
"A Little Rebellion..."211
9From Many, One215
Toward a Stronger Union217
The Federal Convention220
Crafting the Constitution223
The Great Debate228
10The New Nation239
Black Communities, Slave and Free240
Republican Motherhood243
Seeds of Industrial Capitalism244
The Restless Frontier247
Birth of the Cotton Kingdom248
Transport and Trade250
11Launching the Ship of State, 1789-1794255
Organizing a Government256
The Bill of Rights258
Public Finance: Hamilton versus Madison259
The Politics of Neutrality266
Western Lands and Border Warfare270
The Whiskey Rebellion276
12Fall of the Federalists, 1794-1800279
The Jay Treaty280
Washington's Farewell284
The XYZ Affair287
Federalist Repression292
Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions293
The Politics of Peace294
Gabriel's Conspiracy: The African-American "Revolution of 1800"296
13The Search for National Identity301
An American Style in Literature and the Arts301
An American Style of Building307
Home Furnishings312
The Search for National Symbols314
Religion: The American Version of Protestantism316
The Pursuit of Science319
14Jeffersonian Liberalism323
Election of 1800324
The Experiment Confirmed328
A New Capital City328
"A Wise and Frugal Government..."331
Gallatin at the Treasury335
Assault on the Courts338
15Jeffersonian Nationalism345
The Barbary War345
The Rising Empire347
Exploration of Louisiana351
The West Florida Controversy353
The Conspiracy of Aaron Burr356
16The Road to War, 1805-1812361
Impressment and the Orders-in-Council361
The Embargo Experiment365
Madison in Command368
Jefferson and Western Lands371
Tecumseh and Tippecanoe375
The Declaration of War381
17"Mr. Madison's War"385
1812: Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory385
Victories at Sea388
Recovery of the West: 1813390
Politics and War: The East in 1813392
Jackson and Horseshoe Bend393
The Campaign of 1814394
From Lake Champlain to New Orleans397
The Peace of Christmas Eve401
The Hartford Convention403
Changing of the Guard404
Some Suggested Readings407
About the Author439

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