Daily Life in the Early Republic, 1790-1820: Creating a New Nation

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In the early years of the American Republic the political ideals of the Revolution took definite form, and pervaded the daily lives of Americans in multifarious ways, affirming and transforming the country and its people in the process. In this informative and eminently readable resource, award-winning authors David and Jeanne Heidler discuss the people who lived during this critical time, and uncover the essential and unexpected realities of ordinary life in the early American ...

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Overview

In the early years of the American Republic the political ideals of the Revolution took definite form, and pervaded the daily lives of Americans in multifarious ways, affirming and transforming the country and its people in the process. In this informative and eminently readable resource, award-winning authors David and Jeanne Heidler discuss the people who lived during this critical time, and uncover the essential and unexpected realities of ordinary life in the early American republic.

Rapid developments in agriculture, encouraged by a strong sense of dignity in work and a bold new spirit of ingenuity sharply reduced the percentage of people who made their living in the fields; the tone of religious tolerance taken up by the founders manifested itself in a fervent yet incredibly diverse spiritual community; workingmen and educated citizens alike attended intellectual lectures together in an effort to become responsible and informed citizens; and the family dynamic underwent a profound transformation, especially as it involved children, at the hands of a new democratic idealism. In this informative and eminently readable resource, award-winning authors David and Jeanne Heidler discuss the people who lived during this critical time, and uncover the essential and unexpected realities of ordinary life in the early American republic.

Included are sections on agriculture; rituals of life, love, and death; employment and the economy; leisure; religion; life beyond the mainstream; and life in the military. This volume is ideal for high school and college students, as well as anyone interested in examining the prosaic realities underpinning the lives of the people of the time. A chronology of the time period, maps, illustrations, a bibliography and an index are also included.

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DAVID S. HEIDLER is a renowned award-winning historian. He is on the faculty at Colorado State University, Pueblo. He is co-author with Jeanne T. Heidler of many well-respected books and reference works, including The Civil War, The Mexican American War, Manifest Destiny, and The War of 1812.

JEANNE T. HEIDLER is Professor of History at the United States Air Force Academy. She is co-author with David S. Heidler of many well-respected books and reference works, including The Civil War, The Mexican American War, Manifest Destiny, and The War of 1812.

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Table of Contents

Prologue : the time of their lives
1 Historical narrative 1
2 From cradle to grave : rituals of life, love, and death 27
3 Life on the land 51
4 A changing economy : artisans, factories, and money 75
5 Leisure 95
6 Faith and charity 119
7 Beyond the mainstream 143
8 The martial life 173
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