Disunion Among Ourselves: The Perilous Politics of the American Revolution

Disunion Among Ourselves: The Perilous Politics of the American Revolution

by Eli Merritt
Disunion Among Ourselves: The Perilous Politics of the American Revolution

Disunion Among Ourselves: The Perilous Politics of the American Revolution

by Eli Merritt

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Overview

In this eye-opening account, Eli Merritt reveals the deep political divisions that almost tore the Union apart during the American Revolution. So fractious were the founders’ political fights that they feared the War of Independence might end in disunion and civil war.

Instead of disbanding into separate regional confederacies, the founders managed to unite for the sake of liberty and self-preservation. In so doing, they succeeded in holding the young nation together. To achieve this, they forged grueling compromises, in­cluding Declaration of Independence in 1776, the Mississippi-Fisheries Compromise of 1779, and the ratification of the Articles of Confederation in 1781.

In addition to bringing new insights to the history of the American Revolution, Disunion Among Ourselves has inevitable resonances with our present era of political hyperpolarization and serves as a touchstone for contemporary politics, reminding us that the founders overcame far tougher times than our own through commitment to ethical constitutional democracy and compromise.

 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826222817
Publisher: University of Missouri Press
Publication date: 06/04/2023
Pages: 456
Sales rank: 449,174
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 2.10(d)

About the Author

Eli Merritt is on faculty at Vanderbilt University, where he researches the interface of demagogues and democracy. He has written for the Los Angeles Times, Seattle Times, New York Times, New York Daily News, USA Today, International Herald Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Nashville Tennessean, San Francisco Medicine Magazine, The Journal of the American Medical Association, The American Journal of Legal History, and other publications.
 
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