The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2006 - History - 1044 pages
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Acclaimed as the definitive study of the period by one of the greatest American historians, The Rise of American Democracy traces a historical arc from the earliest days of the republic to the opening shots of the Civil War. Ferocious clashes among the Founders over the role of ordinary citizens in a government of "we, the people" were eventually resolved in the triumph of Andrew Jackson. Thereafter, Sean Wilentz shows, a fateful division arose between two starkly opposed democracies--a division contained until the election of Abraham Lincoln sparked its bloody resolution. Winner of the Bancroft Award, shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize, finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2005 and best book of New York magazine and The Economist.
  

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User Review  - Henry Sturcke - Goodreads

This book is long and detailed, a bit of a slog at the beginning, but I stuck with it, and felt rewarded for it. In some ways the book is old-fashioned history in its broad narrative sweep and its ... Read full review

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A brilliant work showing how enfranchisement evolved away from restricted power. Read full review

Contents

Prologue
3
THE CRISIS OF THE NEW ORDER
11
American Democracy in a Revolutionary Age
13
The Republican Interest and the SelfCreated Democracy
40
The Making of Jeffersonian Democracy
72
Jeffersons Two Presidencies
99
Nationalism and the War of 1812
141
DEMOCRACY ASCENDANT
179
Whigs Democrats and Democracy
482
SLAVERY AND THE CRISIS OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY
519
Whig Debacle Democratic Confusion
521
Antislavery Annexation and the Advent of Young Hickory
547
The Bitter Fruits of Manifest Destiny
577
War Slavery and the American 1848
602
Political Truce Uneasy Consequences
633
The Truce Collapses
668

The Era of Bad Feelings
181
Slavery Compromise and Democratic Politics
218
The Politics of Moral Improvement
254
The Aristocracy and Democracy of America
281
The Jackson Era Uneasy Beginnings
312
Radical Democracies
330
1832 Jacksons Crucial Year
359
Banks Abolitionists and the Equal Rights Democracy
391
The Republic has degenerated into a Democracy
425
The Politics of Hard Times
456
A Nightmare Broods Over Society
707
The Faith That Right Makes Might
745
The Iliad of All Our Woes
768
Epilogue
789
Notes
797
Acknowledgments
951
Credits
953
Index
955
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About the author (2006)

Robert sean Wilentz was born in 1951 in New York City. He earned his first B.A. from Colunbia University in 1972 and his second from Oxford University in 1974 on a Kellett Fellowship. He continued his education at Yale University where he earned his M.A. degree in 1975 and his PhD. in 1980. His writings are focused on the importance of class and race in the early national period. He has also co-authored books on nineteenth-century religion and working class life. His book The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln, won the Bancroft Prize. He has also written about modern U.S. history in his book, The Age of Reagan: A History, 1974-2008. He has been the Sidney and Ruth Lapidus Professor of History at Princeton University since 1979. Robert Wilentz is also a contributing editor at The New Republic. He writes on music, the arts, history and politics. He received a Grammy nomination and a 2005 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for musical commentary on the musician Bob Dylan.

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