The Hamiltonian Vision, 1789-1800: The Art of American Power During the Early Republic [NOOK Book]

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From 1789 to 1800, the Federalist and Republican parties held opposing visions for America's future. Led by Alexander Hamilton, the Federalists sought to establish a strong central government that would lead an American commercial, financial, technological, industrial, and military revolution, and thus propel the United States into the ranks of the world's great powers. Thomas Jefferson and the Republicans feared that new wealth, power, and competing interests would corrupt the classic republic they envisioned. ...
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The Hamiltonian Vision, 1789-1800: The Art of American Power During the Early Republic

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Overview

From 1789 to 1800, the Federalist and Republican parties held opposing visions for America's future. Led by Alexander Hamilton, the Federalists sought to establish a strong central government that would lead an American commercial, financial, technological, industrial, and military revolution, and thus propel the United States into the ranks of the world's great powers. Thomas Jefferson and the Republicans feared that new wealth, power, and competing interests would corrupt the classic republic they envisioned. Instead, they extolled the romantic notion of a republic of yeoman farmers, states' rights, and frontiers defended by militias and gunboats, all presided over by a weak federal government.

Hamilton's vision largely prevailed in battles with the Republicans over the Bank of the United States, the role and composition of the army and navy, the Whiskey Rebellion, the French Revolution, the Indian war in the Northwest Territory, British confiscations of American ships and sailors, the Jay and Pinckney treaties, and a "quasi" naval war with France, among other conflicts. But, ultimately, Jefferson and his Republican Party would triumph in the 1800 election and permanently eclipse the Federalists.

Historians and general readers alike will be riveted by William Nester's portrayal of the struggle between Federalists and Republicans-a conflict whose core issues resonate in the divisive politics of today's America.
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"...presents a brief, readable synopsis of the Federalist period....The book is well grounded in primary and secondary sources."—Review, Choice, January 2013
Stephen F. Knott

“William Nester’s The Hamiltonian Vision, 1789–1800 offers a comprehensive overview of the most critical period in American history, examining the key events of the era while focusing on the titanic struggle between Hamilton and Jefferson for the soul of America. Nester rightly acknowledges the triumph of Hamilton’s vision, for while Hamilton’s personal power diminished rapidly during this period, his dreams for the new nation prevailed, launching the United States on the path to superpower status.”—Stephen F. Knott, author of Alexander Hamilton and the Persistence of Myth
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597978835
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

William Nester is a professor at St. John’s University in New York City and the author of twenty books on various aspects of international relations.

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