The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln

The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln

by Sean Wilentz



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393058208
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 10/17/2005
Pages: 1072
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 2.50(d)

About the Author

Sean Wilentz is the George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History at Princeton University and author of the Bancroft Prize–winning The Rise of American Democracy, Bob Dylan in America, and many other works. He is completing his next book, No Property in Man, on slavery, antislavery, and the Constitution, based on his Nathan I. Huggins Lectures delivered at Harvard in 2015.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have always felt my knowledge of the era from 1800 until the Civil War was lacking - until I read this wonderful book. It is a fascinating journey through America during this important period when the US was going through its' 'growing pains' as we moved to become a vibrant democracy. The author does a great job of delivering the details of this time without ever losing sight of the big picture that is essential to grasping history.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading this work one must ask the questions who is running the Government. Did the founding Fathers believe the masses should unite in a true democracy? On the contrary it was to be a few. The ones born into the elite class. How ill guide this was, as history has proven, when one eats too much and becomes fat with power and wealth and the rest do not take part there will be a power shift. Those who once sat at the head of the table will no longer hold this position. This was an excellent book, a slow reading but worth the journey.
JBD1 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A gargantuan book, but sure to become the definitive American political history of the early republic. Excellently done.
Malaparte More than 1 year ago
A marvelous and detailed study of the richness of American political life during the pre-Civil War era. Well worth the effort to read its many pages. Studying history does require the reader to subdue her biases and think again about what's on the page. Learned Hand had it right: The spirit of democracy is the spirit that's not too sure of itself..
WaldoRWE More than 1 year ago
Wilentz is all too happy to see the beginning of big government and the progressive deveolpment of the welfare state.,