Affairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic

Affairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic

by Joanne B. Freeman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300088779

ISBN-13: 9780300088779

Pub. Date: 08/28/2001

Publisher: Yale University Press

This groundbreaking book offers a major reassessment of the tumultuous culture of politics on the national stage during America's earliest years, when Jefferson, Burr, Hamilton, and other national leaders struggled to define themselves and their role in the new nation. Joanne Freeman shows how the rituals and rhetoric of honor provided ground rules for political…  See more details below

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This groundbreaking book offers a major reassessment of the tumultuous culture of politics on the national stage during America's earliest years, when Jefferson, Burr, Hamilton, and other national leaders struggled to define themselves and their role in the new nation. Joanne Freeman shows how the rituals and rhetoric of honor provided ground rules for political combat, how gossip, print warfare, and dueling became accepted political weapons, and how the founders jostled for political power in the nascent republic.

Author Biography: Joanne B. Freeman, assistant professor of history at Yale University, is also the editor of Alexander Hamilton: Writings, published by the Library of America.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300088779
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2001
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.48(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.22(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introductionxiii
Prologue Walking on Untrodden Ground: The Challenges of
National Politics1
1 The Theater of National Politics11
2 Slander, Poison, Whispers, and Fame: The Art of Political
Gossip62
3 The Art of Paper War105
4 Dueling as Politics159
5 An Honor Dispute of Grand Proportions: The Presidential
Election of 1800199
Epilogue Constructing American History262
A Note on Method289
Notes295
Bibliography347
Index365

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