"This is a dense, authoritative and well-written study." The Economist"Vom Verlag:
In this monumental work, Sean Wilentz traces a historical era, from the early days of the elitist American republic to the opening shots of the American Civil War. Wilentz 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. By combining the political history of the towering figures in early American history with an intimate look at the influence of innumerable lesser-known figures, "The Rise of American Democracy" compels us to understand American democracy not as a historical inevitability or an abstract philosophical system, but as a fragile enterprise shot through with human frailties, conflicts, accommodations and unforeseen events. Those events, from Thomas Jefferson's time to Abraham Lincoln's, produced the underpinnings of the American democracy we know today.
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