Historical Dictionary Of The Early American Republic by Richard BuelHistorical Dictionary Of The Early American Republic by Richard Buel

Historical Dictionary Of The Early American Republic

byRichard Buel

Hardcover | January 19, 2006

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The formative period of the United States, running roughly from 1789 to 1829, has become remote and perhaps overly idealized. While the administrations of George Washington, John Adams, James Madison, James Monroe and John Quincy Adams set the country on the path to modernity by resolving some nagging problems left over from the Revolution, they failed to resolve many crucial issues, such as slavery, the treatment of Native Americans, and the consequences of industrial development. Despite many common goals, the gentry's leadership was riven by sectional friction, personal competition, and partisan bickering that almost tore the nation apart during the War of 1812. The Historical Dictionary of the Early American Republic recounts the achievements and the failures, the progress and the backsliding, and the high and low points of our forefathers. First traced in the chronology and then explained in the introduction, the history of our nation's formative years is laid out in great detail. The several hundred dictionary entries describe the more eminent persons, the evolving institutions, and the crucial events that our young country faced. An extensive bibliography is included to provide easy access for further studies.
Richard Buel, Jr. taught American history for forty years at Wesleyan University before retiring in 2002. For 21 years between 1970 and 1991, he was an associate editor of History and Theory, and he has published five scholarly books on revolutionary America and the early Republic.
Title:Historical Dictionary Of The Early American RepublicFormat:HardcoverDimensions:456 pages, 8.72 × 7.16 × 1.37 inPublished:January 19, 2006Publisher:Scarecrow PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:081085080X

ISBN - 13:9780810850804

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Editor's Foreword Part 2 Acknowledgments Part 3 Maps Chapter 4 A British View of the United States as Constituted by the Peace of 1783 Chapter 5 The Louisiana Purchase of 1803 Part 6 Chronology Part 7 Introduction Part 8 THE DICTIONARY Part 9 Appendix: Presidential Administrations of the Early Republic Part 10 Bibliography Part 11 About the Author

Editorial Reviews

Not everyone was ready to shoulder his musket at the end of the American Revolution and go quietly home. Although common wisdom says the period immediately following the American victory was relatively peaceful, in fact political parties and factions turned on each other upon the retreat of the British, and some of the controversies raised in that day continue to this. Buel (history emeritus, Wesleyan U.) sets the people, factions and events of these formative years in context with a hearty chronology, very helpful maps, and a comprehensive introduction to the Calvinists, Whigs, presidents, generals, senators, pamphleteers, meeting houses, street battles, burnings and passions of the so-called "Era of Good Feelings." Although intended for secondary school students and undergraduates, more advanced readers may find this a handy reference, especially for contents of litigation and the biographical material.