The Early Republic: Primary Documents on Events from 1799 to 1820

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In the first two decades of the 19th century, the early American Republic emerged from under the shadow of the internal and external threats that had formerly plagued its progression towards independence, and with increased confidence in its capacity as a political institution and as a military power, began to consider the policies that would determine the country's course in the future. In determining these policies, whether military, economic, or political, no single institution was more instrumental than the ...

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Early Republic: Primary Documents on Events from 1799 to 1820 (Debating Historical Issues in the Media of the Time Series)

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In the first two decades of the 19th century, the early American Republic emerged from under the shadow of the internal and external threats that had formerly plagued its progression towards independence, and with increased confidence in its capacity as a political institution and as a military power, began to consider the policies that would determine the country's course in the future. In determining these policies, whether military, economic, or political, no single institution was more instrumental than the press—the engine of the national consciousness, in the words of Thomas Jefferson. With this unique collection of primary documents, students, scholars, and other interested readers will be able to debate the issues central to this period.

Beginning with an extensive overview of the period, this book focuses on 26 pressing issues of the early republic. Each issue is presented with an introductory essay and multiple primary documents from the newspapers of the day, illustrating both sides of the debate. Some of the issues thus discussed include: the nation's first regime change (as the Federalists lost control of the White House to the Republicans); the Louisiana Purchase; the War of 1812; slave revolts; the fear of immigrants; disunion; and the wars against the Indians. This is a perfect resource for students interested in the early republic and the actual opinions and words of those involved

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PATRICIA L. DOOLEY is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the Elliot School of Communications at the University of Wichita. Her first book, Taking Their Political Place: Journalists and the Making of an Occupation, released in 1997, came out in paperback form in 2000.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : newspapers in America's early national period
Ch. 1 The aftermath of George Washington's death, 1799-1801 1
Ch. 2 The United States capital moves to the Potomac, 1800 21
Ch. 3 Thomas Jefferson's election to the presidency, 1800-1801 37
Ch. 4 Medical treatment and The rush-light, 1800 53
Ch. 5 Gabriel's slave rebellion, 1800 65
Ch. 6 Jefferson's patronage and the New Haven remonstrance, 1801 85
Ch. 7 Thomas Jefferson's mammoth cheese and "wall of separation," 1802 97
Ch. 8 Nativism in the age of Jefferson 109
Ch. 9 The Tripolitan War, 1801-1805 125
Ch. 10 The Louisiana Purchase, 1803 137
Ch. 11 Marbury v. Madison, 1801-1803 151
Ch. 12 Aaron Burr's conspiracy and arrest for treason, 1805-1807 165
Ch. 13 The Chesapeake-Leopard Affair, 1807 177
Ch. 14 New Jersey's repeal of women's suffrage, 1807 189
Ch. 15 The Embargo Act, 1807-1809 201
Ch. 16 The launching of the steamboat Clermont, 1807 213
Ch. 17 The battle of Tippecanoe, November 7-8, 1811 225
Ch. 18 The declaration of the War of 1812 243
Ch. 19 The burning of Washington, D.C., August 24, 1814 261
Ch. 20 "Marats, Dantons, and Robespierres" : the Hartford Convention, 1814-1815 279
Ch. 21 The era of good feelings, 1817 295
Ch. 22 New York City's wild dogs, mad hogs, and petty criminals, 1816-1818 305
Ch. 23 The establishment of the Second Bank of the United States, 1816 317
Ch. 24 The financial Panic and Depression of 1819 325
Ch. 25 Poverty and pauperism in the early national period, 1805-1819 337
Ch. 26 The Missouri Compromise, 1819-1820 349
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