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From the Publisher"This collection of invaluable essays comes as a welcome relief from the current cult of celebrity. [It] penetrates beyond the plethora of biographies of the Founding Fathers to demonstrate how the 'newest political history' broadens our understanding of the political character of the early republic."
— Journal of Southern History
"Further evidence that imaginative and relevant scholarship is giving political history a buzz. . . . An outstanding collection of lively, enlightening, and provocative essays."
— American Historical Review
"A valuable collection of essays that introduces a new way of looking at the political history of the early republic."
— The Pennsylvania Magazine of History & Biography