Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815

Paperback | September 7, 2011

byGordon S. Wood

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The Oxford History of the United States is by far the most respected multi-volume history of our nation. The series includes three Pulitzer Prize winners, two New York Times bestsellers, and winners of the Bancroft and Parkman Prizes. Now, in the newest volume in the series, one of America'smost esteemed historians, Gordon S. Wood, offers a brilliant account of the early American Republic, ranging from 1789 and the beginning of the national government to the end of the War of 1812. As Wood reveals, the period was marked by tumultuous change in all aspects of American life--in politics, society, economy, and culture. The men who founded the new government had high hopes for the future, but few of their hopes and dreams worked out quite as they expected. They hated politicalparties but parties nonetheless emerged. Some wanted the United States to become a great fiscal-military state like those of Britain and France; others wanted the country to remain a rural agricultural state very different from the European states. Instead, by 1815 the United States became somethingneither group anticipated. Many leaders expected American culture to flourish and surpass that of Europe; instead it became popularized and vulgarized. The leaders also hope to see the end of slavery; instead, despite the release of many slaves and the end of slavery in the North, slavery wasstronger in 1815 than it had been in 1789. Many wanted to avoid entanglements with Europe, but instead the country became involved in Europe's wars and ended up waging another war with the former mother country. Still, with a new generation emerging by 1815, most Americans were confident andoptimistic about the future of their country. Integrating all aspects of life, from politics and law to the economy and culture, Empire of Liberty offers a marvelous account of this pivotal era when America took its first unsteady steps as a new and rapidly expanding nation. A Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for HistoryWinner of the New-York Historical Society American History Book PrizeA New York Times BestsellerSelected as one of the Top 25 Books of 2009 by The Atlantic

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The Oxford History of the United States is by far the most respected multi-volume history of our nation. The series includes three Pulitzer Prize winners, two New York Times bestsellers, and winners of the Bancroft and Parkman Prizes. Now, in the newest volume in the series, one of America'smost esteemed historians, Gordon S. Wood, off...

Gordon S. Wood is Alva O. Way University Professor Emeritus at Brown University. His books include the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Radicalism of the American Revolution, the Bancroft Prize-winning The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787, The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin, and The Purpose of the Past: Reflections on the ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:800 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:September 7, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Editor's IntroductionIntroduction: Rip Van Winkle's America1. Experiment in Republicanism2. A Monarchical Republic3. The Federalist Program4. The Emergence of the Jeffersonian Republican Party5. The French Revolution in America6. John Adams and the Few and the Many7. The Crisis of 1798-17998. The Jeffersonian Revolution of 18009. Republican Society10. The Jeffersonian West11. Law and an Independent Judiciary12. Chief Justice John Marshall and the Origins of Judicial Review13. Republican Reforms14. Between Slavery and Freedom15. The Rising Glory of America16. Republican Religion17. Republican Diplomacy18. The War of 181219. A World Within ThemselvesBibliographic Essay

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"Empire of Liberty will rightly take its place among the authoritative volumes in this important and influential series." --The Washington Post