Federalists Reconsidered

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These essays demonstrate that American political culture was fashioned in a dialogue between Federalists and Jeffersonians. They portray an active Federalist coalition that offered a vibrant intellectual and political alternative throughout the era of the early republic. Cutting across boundaries of region, culture, race, gender, and class, Federalists struggled with the problems of nation building, national identity, and economic development.

University of Virginia Press

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Eleven contributions explore the impact of the political thinking and activity of the Hamiltonian Federalists upon American political culture. The essays explore a number of issues confronted by the Federalists including slavery, the treatment of women, Hamilton's commercialism vs. Jeffersonian agriculturalism, and efforts to come to grips with Ben Franklin's legacy after his death. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813918631
  • Publisher: University of Virginia
  • Publication date: 1/1/1998
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction: The Paradoxical Legacy of the Federalists 1
Pt. I Age of Federalism
1 Constructing American National Identity: Strategies of the Federalists 19
2 Alexander Hamilton's Alternative: Technology Piracy and the Report on Manufactures 41
3 Hamilton's Second Thoughts: Federalist Finance Revisited 61
4 Radicals in the "Western World": The Federalist Conquest of Trans-Appalachian North America 77
Pt. II Federalism and the Origins of American Political Culture
5 Federalism, the Styles of Politics, and the Politics of Style 99
6 Gender and the First Party System 118
7 The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Federalism 135
8 Ministers, Misanthropes, and Mandarins: The Federalists and the Culture of Capitalism, 1790-1820 157
Pt. III Varieties of Federalism
9 Benjamin Franklin as Weird Sister: William Cobbett and Federalist Philadelphia's Fears of Democracy 179
10 "Steady Habits" under Siege: The Defense of Federalism in Jeffersonian Connecticut 199
11 From Fathers to Friends of the People: Political Personae in the Early Republic 225
Afterword: The Federalists - Still in Need of Reconsideration 246
Notes 255
Contributors 293
Index 295
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