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The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2007

    A reviewer

    I have always felt my knowledge of the era from 1800 until the Civil War was lacking - until I read this wonderful book. It is a fascinating journey through America during this important period when the US was going through its' 'growing pains' as we moved to become a vibrant democracy. The author does a great job of delivering the details of this time without ever losing sight of the big picture that is essential to grasping history.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2006

    Richard Sallese book reviewer

    After reading this work one must ask the questions who is running the Government. Did the founding Fathers believe the masses should unite in a true democracy? On the contrary it was to be a few. The ones born into the elite class. How ill guide this was, as history has proven, when one eats too much and becomes fat with power and wealth and the rest do not take part there will be a power shift. Those who once sat at the head of the table will no longer hold this position. This was an excellent book, a slow reading but worth the journey.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2012

    Wilentz is all too happy to see the beginning of big government

    Wilentz is all too happy to see the beginning of big government and the progressive deveolpment of the welfare state.,

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 11, 2014

    A marvelous and detailed study of the richness of American polit

    A marvelous and detailed study of the richness of American political life during the pre-Civil War era. Well worth the effort to read its many pages.

    Studying history does require the reader to subdue her biases and think again about what's on the page. Learned Hand had it right: The spirit of democracy is the spirit that's not too sure of itself..

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