Jeffersonian America


This book analyzes Thomas Jefferson's conception of American nationhood in light of the political and social demands facing the post-Revolutionary Republic in its formative years.

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This book analyzes Thomas Jefferson's conception of American nationhood in light of the political and social demands facing the post-Revolutionary Republic in its formative years.

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Jeffersonian America represents political history at itsvery best. It is no mere catalog of elections and partisanstruggles but a history that explains the underlying structure ofpolitics and uses that explanation to illuminate the history of theperiod." Jan Lewis, Rutgers University atNewark.

"In this well crafted and knowledgeable book, Onuf and Sadoskyoffer us a splendid lens through which to view Jefferson and theearly republic. We thereby gain a greater insight into the originsof American political culture." Paul A. Gilje, University ofOklahoma.

"Onuf and Sadowski ... examine family structure and thestructure of local government, political economy and race, andfederalism and diplomacy, providing a deft analysis of Jefferson'sconception of nationhood during the country's formative years."Choice

"The book's ideological, synthetic and integrative approachemphasizes the themes of contingency and even anxiety in the lifeof the new nation, which the authors would contend was elided byprevious generations of historiographical simplification andoverspeculation. Indeed this volume significantly clarifies ourunderstanding of the persistent orientation of the young UnitedStates towards the western frontier and the Atlantic world."Johnathan o'Neill, University of London

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557869227
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/26/2001
  • Series: Problems in American History Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter S. Onuf is the Thomas Jeffersonian MemorialFoundation Professor of History at the University of Virginia. Hisbooks include Origins of the Federal Republic (1983),Statehood and Union (1987), and Jefferson's Empire(2000).

Leonard J. Sadosky is a Ph.D. candidate in the CorcoranDepartment of History at the University of Virginia. He was adissertation fellow at the International Center for JeffersonStudies at Monticello, 2000-2001.

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Table of Contents



1. The Republican Revolution.

2. Little Republics.

3. Pursuits of Happiness.

4. Federal Republic and Extended Union.

Further Reading.


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