Jefferson's America, 1760-1815 / Edition 3

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A captivating and lucid narrative of America's revolutionary generation, Jefferson's America takes the reader from the earliest rumblings of colonial dissent, through the crises of revolution and nation-making, to the heroic drama of the War of 1812. Norman K. Risjord deftly weaves together strands of biography and social history with military and political history to depict the rich fabric of the young republic. While most writers on this period conclude with the end of the Revolution, the ratification of the Constitution, or the election of Jefferson, Risjord contends that there is a fundamental continuity in the history of the Early Republic. The basic problems involved in creating a stable, representative government were not resolved until the "second war of independence," a symbolic end for the Revolutionary generation, which produced a sense of national unity and determined the viability of the new nation. Risjord incorporates new social and economic perspectives, and he deals suggestively with the struggle over "who shall rule at home." Yet he still presents the pivotal events of the War for Independence, the framing of the Constitution, the "Revolution of 1800," and the War of 1812 in an interesting and understandable way. This is no watered-down version of the national myth, but a subtle and well-told story.
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Editorial Reviews

Risjord history, U. of Wisconsin at Madison presents a synthetic history of the early years of the United States, from the road to revolution to the War of 1812. Primarily focusing on the economic and political realities of the new nation, he tells the story in a style consistent with the "great men" theory of history, but does make some effort to include the actions of other social actors. The publishers used the same LCCN as the 1991 edition. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Peter H. Wood
I have never found a more readable and suggestive synthesis. . . . We need this fair and insightful introduction to the amazing Revolutionary Era.
Douglas R. Egerton
Norman K. Risjord’s Jefferson’s America is a highly accessible account by a master practitioner. Conveying both the textures of everyday life as well as the drama of the political battles of the era, this superb volume will enlighten students and delight specialists.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742561236
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 9/28/2009
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Norman K. Risjord is professor emeritus of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was a prize-winning teacher for more than three decades. He is the author of thirteen books on American history, including a biography of Thomas Jefferson.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Maps
Prelude: The American Landscape in 1760 1
1 The Atlantic Trading Community 35
2 The Atlantic Cultural Community 47
3 The Imperial Challenge, 1763-1770 71
4 The Road to Revolution, 1770-1774 97
5 Struggle for Independence, 1775-1778 119
6 A Nation Born 153
7 The Revolution at Home 171
8 A Time of Trial 193
9 From Many, One 215
10 The New Nation 239
11 Launching the Ship of State, 1789-1794 255
12 Fall of the Federalists, 1794-1800 279
13 The Search for National Identity 301
14 Jeffersonian Liberalism 323
15 Jeffersonian Nationalism 345
16 The Road to War, 1805-1812 361
17 "Mr. Madison's War" 385
Some Suggested Readings 407
Index 421
About the Author 439
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