The Nation Takes Shape: 1789-1837

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University of Chicago Press, 1959 - 222 страници
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
 

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Half a Century of Progress
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The Union Defined Government Politics and Law
12
The World Outside Foreign Policy
41
The West Territorial and Agricultural Expansion
71
Commerce and Industry
97
Nationalism and Sectionalism
123
Conservatism and Democracy
151
The American Character
182
Bibliographical Note
203
Important Dates
212
Index
216
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Страница ix - ... Present Age ! In these brief words what a world of thought is comprehended ! what infinite movements ! what joys and sorrows ! what hope and despair ! what faith and doubt ! what silent grief and loud lament ! what fierce conflicts and subtle schemes of policy ! what private and public revolutions ! In the period through which many of us have passed, what thrones have been shaken ! what hearts have bled ! what millions have been butchered by their fellow-creatures ! what hopes of philanthropy...

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

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