Thoughtful, erudite essays examine the often opposing trends that comprised the economic, political, cultural, and social development of our young nation during this vital 30-year period that climaxed with Jacksonian liberalism and its espousal of the ``natural man.'' Matthews (history, Univ. of Western Ontario) thoroughly documents her presentations with a notes and references section as well as a bibliographic essay. Academic and large libraries serving local colleges will welcome this coverage of an often-neglected period in American intellectual history. (Index not seen.)-- Alice Cronin, Ocean Cty. Lib. System, N.J.