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Crucible of American Democracy: The Struggle to Fuse Egalitarianism and Capitalism in Jeffersonian Pennsylvania (American Political Thought)

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Arguments over what democracy actually meant in practice and how it should be implemented raged throughout the early American republic. As Andrew Shankman shows, nowhere were those ideas more intensely contested or more representative of the national debate than in Pennsylvania, where the state's Jeffersonians dominated the day.

Pennsylvania Jeffersonians were the first American citizens to attempt to translate idealized speculations about democracy into a workable system of politics and governance. In doing so, they revealed key assumptions that united other national citizens regarding democracy and the conditions necessary for its survival. In particular, they assumed that democracy required economic autonomy and a strong measure of economic as well as political equality among citizens. This strong egalitarian theme was, however, challenged by Pennsylvania's precociously capitalistic economy and the nation's dynamic economic development in general, forcing the Jeffersonians to confront the reality that economic and social equality would have to take a back seat to free market forces.

Seeking democracy became a debate about the desirability of capitalism and the precise relations between majority rule and the pursuit and protection of individual rights and interests. From this struggle to fuse egalitarianism and free enterprise in Pennsylvania emerged most subsequent mainstream beliefs concerning the respective roles of democracy and capitalism in American society. In fact, it did much to shape the boundaries of permissible thought in the Jacksonian era concerning political economy and the extent of popular democratic power.

Shankman's illuminating exploration of the Pennsylvania experience reveals how democracy arose in America, how it came to accommodate capitalism, and at the same time forced egalitarian assumptions and dreams to the margins of society. A resonant work of intellectual and political history, his study also mirrors the aspirations, fears, hatreds, dreams, generous impulses, noble strivings, selfish cant, and enormous capacity to imagine of those who first tried to translate the blueprint for democracy into a tested foundation for the nation's future.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

Introduction: The Crucible of Conflict

1. Background to the Struggle: The Federalist Challenge and the Origins of Pennsylvania's Jeffersonian Conflict

2. The Radicals Emerge: "The European Condition of Society" and the Promise of Democracy

3. The Quid Challenge: Political Economy, Politics, and the Fault Lines of Conflict

4. The Crucible of Conflict

5. "Perpetual Motion-Perpetual Change—A Boundless Ocean without a Shore": The Final Meaning of Democracy in Pennsylvania

Conclusion: History and Historiography

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780700613045
Author:
Shankman, Andrew
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Author:
Shankman, Andrew M.
Location:
Lawrence
Subject:
History
Subject:
Political Parties
Subject:
United States - Colonial Period
Subject:
Pennsylvania
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Political Process - Political Parties
Subject:
Pennsylvania Politics and government.
Subject:
Republican Party (Pa.: 1792-1828)
Subject:
Politics-United States Politics
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series:
American Political Thought
Series Volume:
2001:4
Publication Date:
20040331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
310
Dimensions:
9.34x6.34x1.09 in. 1.32 lbs.

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