The Revolutionary Era: Primary Documents on Events from 1776 to 1800

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2003 - 359 страници

From 1776 to 1800, the United States ceased to be a fantastic dream and became a stable reality. Newspapers were increasingly the public's major source of information about people and events outside of their community. The press reflected the issues of the day. Its foremost concern was naturally the armed struggle with Britain. The press covered the conflict, providing both patriot and loyalist interpretations of the battles and personalities. Yet after the British withdrew, a host of new challenges confronted the United States, including the Articles of Confederation, Shay's Rebellion, the Bill of the Rights, the Whiskey Rebellion, slavery, women's roles, the French Revolution, the XYZ Affair, the Sedition Act, and more.

Again, the press not only purveyed the facts. It became a political tool trumpeting the viewpoint of Republicans and Federalists, ushering in a new era of American journalism. Beginning with an extensive overview essay of the period, this book focuses on 26 pressing issues of the war and the early republic. Each issue is presented with an introductory essay and multiple primary documents from the newspapers of the day, which illustrate both sides of the debate. This is a perfect resource for students interested in the Revolutionary War, the birth of the new nation, and the actual opinions and words of those involved.

 

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Wartime Morale 17761781
33
The Battles of the Revolutionary War 17761781
49
General George Washington 17761783
67
Benedict Arnold 17801781
81
The Articles of Confederation 17771781
93
The Union in Crisis? 17821787
105
Shayss Rebellion 17861787
119
Constitutional Convention 1787
127
The Early Years of the French Revolution 17891793
223
The Whiskey Rebellion 1794
233
Jays Treaty 17951796
243
The Rise of the Party Press 17971800
253
The French Revolution Gone Crazy 17931798
263
American Neutrality 1793
277
The Election of 1796 SeptemberNovember 1796
295
The QuasiWar with France 17971798
303

Ratification Struggle 17871789
137
The Bill of Rights 17871791
161
The Issue of the Native Americans 17911797
181
The Role of Women 17801798
189
Slave Revolt in Santo Domingue Haiti 17911793
201
President George Washington 17891799
211
The XYZ Affair 1798
313
The Sedition Act 17981800
323
The Election of 1800 February 1800March 1801
337
Selected Bibliography
349
Index
353
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CAROL SUE HUMPHREY is Professor of History at Oklahoma Baptist University. She is the author of This Popular Engine: The Role of New England Newspapers During the American Revolution and The Press of the Young Republic, 1783-1833 (Greenwood, 1996).

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