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The Nation Takes Shape: 1789-1837

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Marcus Cunliffe, whom the Washington Post and Times Herald calls "a master historian capable of seeing his subject whole," has written a cogent and revealing study of America's first half-century under the federal Constitution. Bounded by the first Washington Administration and the last Jackson Administration, this is the period in which democracy grew and shaped the nation. It witnessed the launching of the federal government; the expansion of the frontier; the establishment of a party system; the enunciation of a foreign policy; the manufacture of the symbols of nationalism; and the forging of the arguments of sectionalism. Most important, Mr. Cunliffe writes, "the American character seems to have been formed in essence within a generation of George Washington's accession to the Presidency."

"An urbane, stimulating, and admirably proportioned analysis. . . ."—Alexander DeConde, Wisconsin Magazine of History

"What [Mr. Cunliffe] has done is to weave together and show the fertile interplay of the American dream and the American reality—and show how much the dream modified the reality. . . . an acute and elegant performance."—Times Literary Supplement

About the Author

Marcus Cunliffe is University Professor at George Washington University, Washington, D.C., and is the author of George Washington: Man and Monument (1958).

Table of Contents

I. "Half a Century of Progress"

II. The Union Defined: Government, Politics, and Law

III. The World Outside: Foreign Policy

IV. The West: Territorial and Agricultural Expansion

V. Commerce and Industry

VI. Nationalism and Sectionalism

VII. Conservatism and Democracy

VIII. The American Character

Bibliographical Note

Important Dates

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226126678
Author:
Cunliffe, Marcus
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Politics and government
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
United States Politics and government.
Subject:
US History-General
Edition Description:
1
Series:
The Chicago History of American Civilization
Publication Date:
19600931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
230
Dimensions:
7.92x5.27x.53 in. .50 lbs.

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