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From the Publisher"A rich source of information for scholars of the early republic, gender, and American cultural production and print media."
—Journal of American History
"Imaginatively conceived and beautifully written."
— H-Net Reviews
"[A] treasure trove of remarkable insights. . . . Kaplan's brilliant work deserves wide readership for the way in which it reveals how various Federalists invented a version of citizenship predicated on social and cultural rather than poltical bonds."
— The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography
"Insightful. . . . Subtly nuanced. . . . Delineates the mutable character of, and complex relationship between, those broad political and cultural concepts . . . that some scholars of eighteenth-century America tend to deploy rather loosely or monolithically."
— William and Mary Quarterly
"A thoughtful and well-researched book."
— The New England Quarterly
Briskly readable, well researched, and informative . . .
—Michael Warner, Yale University
This book will become a standard work in the cultural history of the new Republic and a classic on the origins of the American intellectual class.
—David S. Shields, University of South Carolina
Anyone interested in the birth of American national literature should read (and enjoy) this excellent book.
—Ruth Bloch, University of California, Los Angeles