Columbia Rising: Civil Life on the Upper Hudson from the Revolution to the Age of Jackson by John L. Brooke, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Columbia Rising: Civil Life on the Upper Hudson from the Revolution to the Age of Jackson

Columbia Rising: Civil Life on the Upper Hudson from the Revolution to the Age of Jackson

by John L. Brooke
     
 

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In Columbia Rising, Bancroft Prize-winning historian John L. Brooke explores the struggle within the young American nation over the extension of social and political rights after the Revolution. By closely examining the formation and interplay of political structures and civil institutions in the upper Hudson Valley, Brooke traces the debates over who should

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In Columbia Rising, Bancroft Prize-winning historian John L. Brooke explores the struggle within the young American nation over the extension of social and political rights after the Revolution. By closely examining the formation and interplay of political structures and civil institutions in the upper Hudson Valley, Brooke traces the debates over who should fall within and outside of the legally protected category of citizen. The story of Martin Van Buren threads the narrative, since his views profoundly influenced American understandings of consent and civil society and led to the birth of the American party system. Brooke's analysis of the revolutionary settlement as a dynamic and unstable compromise over the balance of power offers a window onto a local struggle that mirrored the nationwide effort to define American citizenship.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
In remarkable detail, Brooke mines the archives to balance his portrait between the perspectives of the wealthy landowners . . . and the disenfranchised. . . . Will be valuable to students of history and political theory and others interested in America's early days.—Library Journal

Inspiring . . . . Brooke's book will hopefully provide a framework for future scholars to test as they seek to understand the process by which Americans moved from the crisis of Revolution to the establishment of a relatively stable political system.—Common-Place

A welcome contribution to the cultural history of the early American republic.—Essays In History

Library Journal
The American republic in its early years was a turbulent and unstable place. Just a few decades after the Revolution, leaders such as New York's Martin Van Buren, later to be the eighth President, were already worrying about the erosion of "all men are created equal," because of the aristocracy's use of the public sphere to further its own means. Brooke (history, Ohio State Univ.) considers this situation through the lens of life in Columbia County, NY, Van Buren's home in the upper Hudson River valley between about 1785 and 1831, where sometimes violent struggles over land and the rights of poor whites and of African Americans shaped Van Buren's early career and later politics. In remarkable detail, Brooke mines the archives to balance his portrait between the perspectives of the wealthy landowners, such as the Livingston family, seeking to consolidate their power, and the disenfranchised, fighting for their place in society. VERDICT While some readers may shy away from the narrow focus and academic tone, this book will be valuable to students of history and political theory and others interested in America's early days.—Elizabeth Goldman, Kingston Frontenac P.L., Ont.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781469609737
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
08/01/2013
Series:
Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
648
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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John Brooke's Columbia Rising is a tour de force. Consolidating and developing some of the most compelling themes in recent scholarship on the early republic, Brooke brings the 'public sphere' down to earth, offering a deeply grounded approach to the study of political culture and history that will transform the field. Columbia Rising is a magnificent achievement.—Peter S. Onuf, University of Virginia

Must reading for anyone interested in the period. . . . Brooke marshals a daunting array of primary and secondary sources as he explores the forging of citizenship, consent, and deliberation from the contested revolutionary settlement to the rise of political parties. Brooke's complex argument, always alive to contradiction, nuance, and irony, trumps previous grand narratives of decline or triumphalism. A major new interpretive synthesis, Columbia Rising combines richly textured history with brilliant analysis.—Ron Formisano, University of Kentucky

Meet the Author

John L. Brooke is Humanities Distinguished Professor of History at Ohio State University. He has won the Bancroft Prize for The Refiner's Fire: The Making of Mormon Cosmology, 1644-1844.

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