Jefferson's America, 1760-1815

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Rowman & Littlefield, Jan 1, 2002 - History - 439 pages
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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. 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.
  

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Contents

The Atlantic Trading Community
35
The Atlantic Economy
36
The Staple Trade
39
The urban Experience
43
The Atlantic Cultural Community
47
The Scientific Exchange
49
The Artistic Community
55
The Literary Community
56
Black Communities Slave and Free
240
Republication Motherhood
243
Seeds of Industrial Capitalism
244
The Restless Frontier
247
Birth of the Cotton Kingdom
248
Transport and Trade
250
Launching the Ship of State 17891794
255
Organizing a Government
256

Dawn of Enlightenment
58
Religious Awakenings
62
British America in 1763
68
The Imperial Challenge 17631770
71
Writs of Assistance
74
The Parsons Cause
75
Parliament Takes a Hand
77
The Stamp Act
79
Parliament Retreats
86
Townshend Taxes
89
The Bloody Business on King Street
93
The Road to Revolution 17701774
97
Controversy over the Wilderness
100
Lonely Rebel
103
The Tea Parties
106
The Continental Congress
112
Economic Warfare
116
Struggle for Independence 17751778
119
Gathering an Army
121
Common Sense
124
The Revolution as Civil War
128
An Island versus a Continent
132
From Long Island to Trenton
134
Contest for the Fourteenth Colony
138
The Hinge of Fate
141
A World War
147
A Nation Born
153
Stalemate in the North
155
Conquering the Northwest
159
The Road to Yorktown
163
The Financial Crisis
165
The Peacemakers
167
The Revolution at Home
171
Thirteen Republics
173
A Bourgeois Society
177
African Americans Slave and Free
179
Libertys Daughters Become the Republics Mothers
183
Reform with Caution
186
A Time of Trial
193
Origins of National Politics
196
Organizing the West
198
Demobilization and Depression
203
The Fight over Paper Money
207
A Little Rebellion
211
From Many One
215
Toward a Stronger Union
217
The Federal Convention
220
Crafting the Constitution
223
The Great Debate
228
Ratification
231
The New Nation
239
The Bill of Rights
258
Hamilton versus Madison
259
The Politics of Neutrality
266
Western Lands and Border Warfare
270
The Whiskey Rebellion
276
Fall of the Federalists 17941800
279
The Jay Treaty
280
Washingtons Farewell
284
The XYZ Affair
287
Federalist Repression
292
Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions
293
The Politics of Peace
294
The AfricanAmerican Revolution of 1800
296
The Search for National Identity
301
An American Style of Building
307
Home Furnishings
312
The Search for National Symbols
314
The American Version of Protestantism
316
The Pursuit of Science
319
Jeffersonian Liberalism
323
Election of 1800
324
The Experiment Confirmed
328
A Wise and Frugal Government
331
Gallatin at the Treasury
335
Assault on the Courts
338
Jeffersonian Nationalism
345
The Rising Empire
347
Exploration of Louisiana
351
The West Florida Controversy
353
The Conspiracy of Aaron Burr
356
The Road to War 18051812
361
The Embargo Experiment
365
Madison in Command
368
Jefferson and Western Lands
371
Tecumseh and Tippecanoe
375
The Declaration of War
381
Mr Madisons War
385
Victories at Sea
388
1813
390
The East in 1813
392
Jackson and Horseshoe Bend
393
The Campaign of 1814
394
From Lake Champlain to New Orleans
397
The Peace of Christmas Eve
401
The Hartford Convention
403
Changing of the Guard
404
Some Suggested Readings
407
Index
421
About the Author
439
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\Norman K. Risjord is professor emeritus of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he was a prize-winning teacher for more three decades. He is the author of thirteen books on American history, including a biography of Thomas Jefferson.

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