Wood, Gordon S.

Empire of liberty : a history of the early Republic, 1789-1815 / Gordon S. Wood. - xix, 778 pages, [32] pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 25 cm. - The Oxford history of the United States . - Oxford history of the United States (Unnumbered) .

Includes bibliographical references (pages 739-752) and index.

Rip Van Winkle's America -- Experiment in republicanism -- A monarchical republic -- The Federalist program -- The emergence of the Jeffersonian Republican party -- The French Revolution in America -- John Adams and the few and the many -- The crisis of 1798-1799 -- The Jeffersonian revolution of 1800 -- Republican society -- The Jeffersonian West -- Law and an independent judiciary -- Chief Justice John Marshall and the origins of judicial review -- Republican reforms -- Between slavery and freedom -- The rising glory of America -- Republican religion -- Republican diplomacy -- The War of 1812 -- A world within themselves.

As part of the Oxford History of the United States series the author offers an account of the early American Republic, ranging from 1789 and the beginning of the national government to the end of the War of 1812. As he reveals, the period was marked by tumultuous change in all aspects of American life, in politics, society, economy, and culture. The men who founded the new government had high hopes for the future, but few of their hopes and dreams worked out quite as they expected. They hated political parties but parties nonetheless emerged. Some wanted the United States to become a great fiscal-military state like those of Britain and France; others wanted the country to remain a rural agricultural state very different from the European states. Instead, by 1815 the United States became something neither group anticipated. Many leaders expected American culture to flourish and surpass that of Europe; instead it became popularized and vulgarized. The leaders also hope to see the end of slavery; instead, despite the release of many slaves and the end of slavery in the North, slavery was stronger in 1815 than it had been in 1789. Many wanted to avoid entanglements with Europe, but instead the country became involved in Europe's wars and ended up waging another war with the former mother country. Still, with a new generation emerging by 1815, most Americans were confident and optimistic about the future of their country. This volumes offers an account of this pivotal era when America took its first unsteady steps as a new and rapidly expanding nation.

9780195039146 (hardcover : alk. paper) 0195039149 (hardcover : alk. paper)

2009010762

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015390750 Uk


United States--Civilization--1783-1865.
United States--Politics and government--1789-1815.
United States--History--1783-1815.

E164 / .W63 2009

973.4