Presidents Above Party: The First American Presidency, 1789-1829

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UNC Press Books, Mar 1, 1987 - History - 269 pages
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George Washington's vision was a presidency free of party, a republican, national office that would transcend faction. That vision would remain strong in the administrations of John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, and John Quincy Ada
  

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Contents

The Unsettledness of 1789
3
Morality Commerce and Leadership in Seventeenth Century England
13
Puritan Ideas of Leadership
14
John Winthrop Nehemias Americanus
18
Kings are the public pillars of the State
20
The Growth of the Commercial Ethic
22
Ancients and Moderns in the Age of Pope and Swift
29
Mandeville Defoe and Modernity
31
Public Servant
130
The Paradoxical President
137
The Jacksonians and Leadership through Party
141
Jacksonian Partisanship
150
The Adamses and the Degradation of the Democratic Dogma
154
Defoe Tocqueville and J S Mill
158
Jefferson Franklin and the Commonness of Virtue
167
Republican Leadership
171

Walpole and Pope
38
Swifts Lilliputian England
43
The Eminence of Walpoles Critics
46
The Opposition Whigs and Bolingbroke
51
The Idea of a Patriot King
57
Legacy for Leadership in America
67
Executive Power in the Era of the American Revolution
69
American Antimonarchism and the Spirit of 1776
72
The Colonial Governorship
74
Virtue and leadership in New Constitutions
76
The Federalist Presidents
89
John Adams
93
The First Republican Chief Magistrates
100
James Madison
113
The Ebb of the Republican Presidency
124
Franklin Commerce and Virtue
176
Antiliberalism among the Common People of America
181
Alexander Hamilton and the Ideas of Leadership and Party
188
Classical Ideas of Leadership
193
Executive Transcendence of Faction
198
AngloAmerican Conceptions of Party 17701801
203
Intention and Party
209
Executive Power and the Nonpartisan Ideal
215
Cultural Tensions and the Presidency
218
Neither Popular nor Partisan Leadership
225
Nonpartisanship and the Modern Presidency
231
Notes
237
Index
261
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About the author (1987)

Ralph Ketcham is professor of American studies at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University.