The Elusive Republic: Political Economy in Jeffersonian America / Edition 1

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By investigating eighteenth-century social and economic thought - an intellectual world with its own concepts, and assumptions - Drew McCoy smoothly integrates the history of ideas and the history of public policy in the Jeffersonian era.
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[Enlarges] our understanding of early American history and gives us a perspective from which to see the deficiencies of the republic today.

Virginia Quarterly Review

Filled with insights that a summary cannot begin to mention and argued with uncommon force, economy, and grace.

Journal of American History

An imaginative and well-written book that will be necessary reading for all American historians concerned with the post-Revolutionary period.

Journal of Economic History

The Elusive Republic offers insights into the complex relationships between ideology and social change, between tradition and modernity.

Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

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Meet the Author

Drew R. McCoy, Jacob and Frances Hiatt Professor of History at Clark University, is author of The Last of the Fathers: James Madison and the Republican Legacy.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 5
Ch. 1 Social Progress and Decay in Eighteenth-Century Thought 13
Ch. 2 The Republican Revolution 48
Ch. 3 Commerce and the Independent Republic 76
Ch. 4 An Uneasy Adolescence: Manufactures and the Crisis of the Eighties 105
Ch. 5 The Constitution: Two Visions 120
Ch. 6 The Specter of Walpole: Republicanism at Bay 136
Ch. 7 "One Great Commercial Republic": Commerce, Bankruptcy, and the Crisis of the Nineties 166
Ch. 8 The Jeffersonians in Power: Extending the Sphere 185
Ch. 9 The Jeffersonians in Power: Embargo and War 209
Ch. 10 The Republic Secured? 236
Index 261
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