Young America: The Flowering of Democracy in New York City / Edition 1

Young America: The Flowering of Democracy in New York City / Edition 1

by Edward L. Widmer
     
 

This study examines the meteoric career of a vigorous intellectual movement rising out of the Age of Jackson. As Americans argued over their destiny in the decades preceding the Civil War, an outspoken new generation of "ultrademocratic" writers entered the fray, staking out positions on politics, literature, art, and any other territory they could annex. They called… See more details below

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This study examines the meteoric career of a vigorous intellectual movement rising out of the Age of Jackson. As Americans argued over their destiny in the decades preceding the Civil War, an outspoken new generation of "ultrademocratic" writers entered the fray, staking out positions on politics, literature, art, and any other territory they could annex. They called themselves Young America - and they proclaimed a "Manifest Destiny" to push back frontiers in every category of achievement.

Their swagger found a natural home in New York City, already bursting at the seams and ready to take on the world. Young America: The Flowering of Democracy in New York City is without question the most complete examination of this captivating and original movement. It also provides the first published biography of its leader, John O'Sullivan, one of America's great rhetoricians. Edward L. Widmer enriches his unique volume by offering a new theory of Manifest Destiny as part of a broader movement of intellectual expansion in 19th-century America.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195140620
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: History Rewritten3
1The Politics of Culture: O'Sullivan and the Democratic Review27
2Democracy and Literature64
3Young America in Literature: Duyckinck, Melville, and the Mutual Admiration Society93
4Representation without Taxation: Art for the People125
5The Young American Lexicon: Field and Codification155
6Young America Redux185
Epilogue: Forever Young210
Notes221
Sources273
Index285

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