Men of Letters in the Early Republic: Cultivating Forums of Citizenship / Edition 1

Men of Letters in the Early Republic: Cultivating Forums of Citizenship / Edition 1

by Catherine O'Donnell Kaplan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807858536

ISBN-13: 9780807858530

Pub. Date: 03/03/2008

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

In the aftermath of the Revolutionary War, after decades of intense upheaval and debate, the role of the citizen was seen as largely political. But as Catherine O'Donnell Kaplan reveals, some Americans saw a need for a realm of public men outside politics. They believed that neither the nation nor they themselves could achieve virtue and happiness through politics

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In the aftermath of the Revolutionary War, after decades of intense upheaval and debate, the role of the citizen was seen as largely political. But as Catherine O'Donnell Kaplan reveals, some Americans saw a need for a realm of public men outside politics. They believed that neither the nation nor they themselves could achieve virtue and happiness through politics alone. Imagining a different kind of citizenship, they founded periodicals, circulated manuscripts, and conversed about poetry, art, and the nature of man. They pondered William Godwin and Edmund Burke more carefully than they did candidates for local elections and insisted other Americans should do so as well.

Kaplan looks at three groups in particular: the Friendly Club in New York City, which revolved around Elihu Hubbard Smith, with collaborators such as William Dunlap and Charles Brockden Brown; the circle around Joseph Dennie, editor of two highly successful periodicals; and the Anthologists of the Boston Athenaeum. Through these groups, Kaplan demonstrates, an enduring and influential model of the man of letters emerged in the first decade of the nineteenth century.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807858530
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
03/03/2008
Series:
Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
List of Illustrations     xi
Introduction     1
Sensibility and Sociability at Work in the World     13
Projects Literary and Moral: A World of Creation and Exchange     42
Two Visions of Circulation: The Medical Repository and "The Institutions of the Republic of Utopia"     87
He Summons Genius to His Aid: Joseph Dennie and the Farmer's Weekly Museum, 1795-1800     114
Ungentle Readers: The Port Folio, 1801-1805     140
These Quiet Regions: The Boston Athenaeum and the Monthly Anthology, and Boston Review, 1804-1811     184
The Port Folio Remade, 1806-1812     216
Conclusion     231
Index     235

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