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Covering a wide variety of concerns--political, cultural, economic, diplomatic, and military--the authors provide a sweeping historical account of America's first years, weaving biographical insights with keen analysis and reflection. A definitive, long-awaited study of the early national era. Illustrations.
|Introduction: Modes of Thought and Feeling in the Founding Generation||3|
|Ch. II||Finance and Ideology||77|
|Ch. III||The Divided Mind of James Madison, 1790: Nationalist Versus Ideologue||133|
|Ch. IV||The Republic's Capital City||163|
|Ch. V||Jefferson and the Yeoman Republic||195|
|Ch. VI||Jefferson as Secretary of State||209|
|Ch. VII||The Emergence of Partisan Politics: The "Republican Interest"||257|
|Ch. VIII||The French Revolution in America||303|
|Ch. IX||America and Great Britain||375|
|Ch. X||The Populist Impulse||451|
|Ch. XI||The Retirement of Washington||489|
|Ch. XII||John Adams and the Dogma of "Balance "||529|
|Ch. XIII||Adams and Hamilton||581|
|Ch. XIV||The Settlement||643|
|Ch. XV||The Mentality of Federalism in 1800||691|
Posted July 14, 2012
I thought this was the definitive study of the Federalist era. What I likeded about this book is the authors viewpoint of Thomas Jefferson. If i remember right their opinion of Jefferson is not very high. If efforts to discredit Washington Jefferson, while Secretary of State upported French Ambassadors who wanted to drag the new republic into a war with Great Britain. All this was going on while he was Washington's Secretary of State. He became allmost paranoid that the Federalist were conspiring to destory the new Government and create a monarchy. This fear was enhanced when Americans became so caught up in the French Revolution. Americans were bitterly divided over this issue. Eventually Jefferson became the leader of the first opposition party. It was a very troubled era. for the new country. The authors certainly did the research and it was very well writtien. I thought this was a very exceptional work and gave it a five star rating.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 13, 2009
Stanley Elkins and Eick McKitrick's "Age of Federalism" is certainly a well-researched, well-conceived narration of the events, motivations, and conflicts which created our American Republic. The book, however, fails to grab the average reader with any sort of engaging writing. While rich in detail and accurate and abounding in fact, the book is written very densely and plainly, lacking a prosaic style which could captivate or inform a reader for 700 pages.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 19, 2005
I'm only through the first 127 pages but I am hooked. This book goes into extensive detail about how the US Federal Government came into existance. It delves into thinking behind major decisions such as how the Cabinet was formed, how Congress and the Executive Branch were to interact with each other, how the Federal Govt assumed the entire debt of each state...and on and on...Absolutely fascinating reading.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.