The Early National Period

Overview

The Early National Period examines the transformation of the fledgling American republic after the conclusion of the Revolutionary War in 1783 into a hearty and rapidly expanding nation by 1828. During these years the United States survived an array of challenges and growing pains, from forces both within and outside the country. The nation underwent significant political change, including the ratification of two different constitutions and major changes in the electoral system. It experienced rapid geographic ...
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Overview

The Early National Period examines the transformation of the fledgling American republic after the conclusion of the Revolutionary War in 1783 into a hearty and rapidly expanding nation by 1828. During these years the United States survived an array of challenges and growing pains, from forces both within and outside the country. The nation underwent significant political change, including the ratification of two different constitutions and major changes in the electoral system. It experienced rapid geographic expansion westward; a difficult war with Great Britain; and military conflicts with North African pirates, France, and many different American Indian nations. Several cycles of economic boom and bust and a host of significant social changes contributed to the general sense of upheaval. Yet, through it all, many people liked to believe the country was destined for greatness. Among the many military events covered are the Quasi-War with France, the Tripolitan Wars, the Seminole Wars, and the War of 1812. Recent insights into the importance of race and women's history in the new nation give readers a comprehensive and inclusive understanding of the period.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Early National refers to the years 1783-1828, the era after the Revolutionary War when our nation experienced great political and social change, rapid expansion, and a war. Chronological chapters focus on periods within those years characterized by specific events, conflicts, or crises such as "Federalist Disorder 1797-1800" or "The War of 1812: 1812-1815." The introduction to each section summarizes major events and provides excerpts from primary resources including speeches, letters, newspaper accounts, diary entries, and advertisements. George Washington's 1783 resignation speech to Congress is included alongside a 1784 travel narrative describing American "backwoodsmen." A free black celebrates "the anniversary of the ending of the external slave trade" in 1813, and in an 1814 letter, Thomas Jefferson offers to sell his personal library to Congress after hearing of the destruction of the public library. The short excerpts present a variety of voices but lack introductions so their contexts may be confusing to some students. However, entries do conclude with a line of commentary, a source, and a date. A chronology ends each chapter. Average-quality photos and reproductions are found throughout. Appendixes add depth by offering major documents in their entirety as well as biographical sketches. Since not many books zero in on this time period, this title may fill a gap in collections.-Julie Webb, Shelby County High School, Shelbyville, KY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816047697
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Series: Eyewitness History Series
  • Pages: 432
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Author's note
Acknowledgments
1 Post-revolutionary change : 1783-1786 1
2 Making a new constitution : 1787-1788 29
3 A new nation : 1789-1792 53
4 Federalist order : 1793-1796 78
5 Federalist disorder : 1797-1800 102
6 Jeffersonian America : 1801-1803 127
7 Rising conflict : 1804-1807 151
8 Commercial crisis and the clamor for war : 1808-1811 175
9 The War of 1812 : 1812-1815 199
10 The era of good feelings? : 1816-1819 227
11 Economic crisis, political stability : 1820-1823 252
12 Democracy : 1824-1825 276
App. A: Documents 303
App. B: Biographies of major personalities 336
App. C: Maps and charts 355
Notes 365
Bibliography 370
Index 387
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