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The New Republic The United States of America 1789-1815

By Reginald Horsman Copyright 2000
    286 Pages
    by Routledge

    294 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Reginald Horsman's powerful and comprehensive survey of the early years of the American Republic covers the dramatic years from the setting up of the US Constitution in 1789, the first US presidency under George Washington, and also the presidencies of Adams, Jeffersen and Madison. A major strength of the book is that the coverage of the traditional topics about the shaping of the new government and crisis in foreign policy is combined with chapters on race, slavery, the economy and westward expansion, revealing both the strengths and weaknesses of the government and society that came into being after the Revolution.

    Key features include:

    • Combines extensive research with the best recent scholarship on the period
    • A balanced account of the contributions of the leading personalities
    • Impressive coverage is given to questions of race and territorial expansion
    • Chapter One provides a concise and lucid account of the state of American politics and society in 1789
    • Extensive chapter bibliographies

    The work will be welcomed by students studying the early republic as well as general readers interested in a stimulating and informative account of the early years of the American nation.

    Abbreviations, Introduction, l. The United States in 1789, 2. The Shaping of Government, 3. Neutral Rights, 4. The Rise of Political Parties, 6. The Adams Administration, 6. The Economy, 7. The Advance of Settlement, 8. Jefferson in Power, 9. Race and Slavery, 10. Louisiana and the Politics of Expansion, 1l. Foreign Trials, 12. The Failure of Economic Coercion, 13. The Coming of War, 14. The Invasion of Canada, 16. Crisis, Conclusion, Guide to Further Reading, Index


    Reginald Horsman has recently retired from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has written extensively on the history of the early republic and related areas and this is his twelfth book.