The Rise of American Democracy

The Rise of American Democracy

Jefferson to Lincoln

Book - 2005
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In this magisterial work, Sean Wilentz traces a historical arc from the earliest days of the republic to the opening shots of the Civil War. One of our finest writers of history, Wilentz 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 the people. The triumph of Andrew Jackson soon defined this role on the national level, while city democrats, Anti-Masons, fugitive slaves, and a host of others hewed their own local definitions. In these definitions Wilentz recovers the beginnings of a discontenttwo starkly opposed democracies, one in the North and another in the Southand the wary balance that lasted until the election of Abraham Lincoln sparked its bloody resolution. 75 illustrations.
Publisher: New York : Norton, c2005.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780393058208
Characteristics: 1044 p. ; 24 cm.

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Feb 28, 2019

referenced a lot in Jill Lepore's These Truths.

Dec 06, 2007

Finalist of the 2006 Pulitzer prize for history.


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