The Early American Republic, 1789-1829

Paperback | March 1, 2006

byPaul E. Johnson

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Synthesizing political, social, and cultural aspects of early U.S. history, The Early American Republic, 1789-1829 provides a unique and integrated overview of the era. Focusing on the politics and process of nation-making and the birth of American market society, the book addresses two mainsubjects. First, it recounts the history of national politics from the presidency of George Washington through the inauguration of Andrew Jackson. During that period, the Founders struggled to make a national republic, then watched as their United States became bigger, more democratic, and moredivided than anything they had envisioned. Second, the book describes the beginnings of American market society, demonstrating how many Americans began to organize their lives around earning, buying, and selling. The Early American Republic, 1789-1829 illustrates the formative years of Americannationhood, democracy, and free-market capitalism. While most people consider these to be inevitably American, the book demonstrates that none were natural, inevitable, or undisputed in 1789. Examining all aspects of the Early Republic, the book explores such topics as family life, religion, the construction and reconstruction of gender systems, the rise of popular print and other forms of communication, and evolving attitudes toward slavery and race. It also covers the social historyof market society, territorial expansion, and the growth of slavery, offering detailed region-, race-, and class-specific considerations of family life and religion. Providing a brief, comprehensive, and clearly written synthesis of American political, economic, social, and cultural development, TheEarly American Republic, 1789-1829 is ideal for courses in the early national period.

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Synthesizing political, social, and cultural aspects of early U.S. history, The Early American Republic, 1789-1829 provides a unique and integrated overview of the era. Focusing on the politics and process of nation-making and the birth of American market society, the book addresses two mainsubjects. First, it recounts the history of n...

Paul E. Johnson is Professor of History at the University of South Carolina.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 0.51 inPublished:March 1, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195154231

ISBN - 13:9780195154238

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Table of Contents

IntroductionI. FederalistsII. JeffersoniansIII. Northern Transformations, 1790-1830IV. Cotton and Slaves: The South, 1790-1830V. Family, Race, ReligionVI. Democrats and National RepublicansConclusion: A Brief Look Forward

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"No other work I can think of would provide as clear or as quick an introduction."--Christopher Clark, University of Warwick, U.K.