The Rise of American Democracy

The Rise of American Democracy

Jefferson to Lincoln

Book - 2005
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Political historian Wilentz traces an arc from the earliest days of the Republic to the opening shots of the Civil War, showing how the elitist young American republic became a rough-and-tumble democracy. He brings to life the era after the American Revolution, when the idea of democracy remained contentious, and Jeffersonians and Federalists clashed over the role of ordinary citizens in government of, by, and for the people. The triumph of Andrew Jackson soon defined this role on the national level, while city democrats, Anti-Masons, fugitive slaves, and a host of others hewed their own local definitions. In these definitions Wilentz recovers the beginnings of a discontent--two starkly opposed democracies, one in the North and another in the South--and the wary balance that lasted until the election of Abraham Lincoln sparked its bloody resolution.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Norton, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393058208
Branch Call Number: 973.5 Wilentz
973.5 Wilentz
Characteristics: xxiii, 1044 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps, ports. (some col.) ; 25 cm


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Feb 28, 2019

referenced a lot in Jill Lepore's These Truths.

Dec 06, 2007

Finalist of the 2006 Pulitzer prize for history.


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