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The Rise of American Democracy Jefferson to Lincoln (Paperback)

Author:  Sean Wilentz
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0393931110
ISBN-13: 9780393931112
Sku: 204796311
Publish Date: 12/1/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 1T
Pages:  496
Age Range:  NA
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Winner of the Bancroft Award: "Monumental a tour de force awesome in its coverage of political events." Gordon Wood, New York Times Book Review
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Acclaimed as the definitive study of the period by one of the greatest American historians, The Rise of American Democracy traces a historical arc from the earliest days of the republic to the opening shots of the Civil War. Ferocious clashes among the Founders over the role of ordinary citizens in a government of "we, the people" were eventually resolved in the triumph of Andrew Jackson. Thereafter, Sean Wilentz shows, a fateful division arose between two starkly opposed democracies--a division contained until the election of Abraham Lincoln sparked its bloody resolution. Winner of the Bancroft Award, shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize, finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2005 and best book of New York magazine and The Economist.
Annotation:
In this very rich and engaging history, Sean Wilentz recounts the contentious debates among the many conflicting constituencies that vied for power across the new republic as he traces the growth of government of, by, and for the people from the period just after the Founding Fathers up to the Civil War. Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln are the beginning and end points of this lively, jam-packed brew, and Andrew Jackson is shown to have been a central figure in the shaping and defining of American democracy. Wilentz's colorful tapestry draws on politics, religion, legislation, local and national events, political parties, and the issues of slavery, expansion, and war--but mostly on people as they speak up and organize to get what they want. Wilentz provides fresh views of three presidents, deepens our understanding of how North and South took different paths, clarifies terms, and thickens our knowledge of American history. THE RISE OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY was selected as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year for 2005.

Praise

New Yorker
"What [Wilentz has] done in THE RISE OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY, and done exceedingly well, is to trace the play between politicians and political ideas, on the one hand, and the people and popular movements, on the other....Readers may weary at the length of Wilentz's book, but, as a model for integrating social and political history, it's hard to dispute." - Jill Lepore 10/24/2005

"THE RISE OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY is a truly magnificent effort. It's size...may deter some readers, but it will surely become a landmark of American historiography. It is elegantly written, imaginatively conceived, and the footnotes alone are worth reading as a guide to the past thirty years of scholarship on pre-Civil War US history." - Adam I. P. Smith 04/14/2006

New York Times Book Review
"This enormous book by Sean Wilentz has been in the works a long time, and the results are nothing less than monumental. [I]t is a tour-de-force of historical compilation and construction that more than justifies all the articles and monographs on antebellum politics written by historians over the past several decades. Wilentz...has drawn extensively on these secondary sources and on his own research. He has brought it all together into a clear and generally readable narrative." - Gordon S. Wood 11/13/2005

Publishers Weekly
"[B]y viewing history through the prism of democracy, Wilentz often discovers illuminating angles on his subject." 08/01/2005

Nation
"Drawing on extensive research and a deep immersion in modern scholarship--the footnotes alone provide a road map to the last quarter-century of historical writing--the book is a magisterial synthesis that deserves the attention of anyone interested in the American past." - Eric Foner 10/31/2005

Newsweek
"[A] magnificent chronicle. The life of an idea that, although it is mentioned nowhere in the Constitution, nevertheless slowly elbowed its way into the heart of American life." - Malcolm Jones 10/31/2005

"The writing is about as engaging and lucid as a reader of contemporary history could ask for...." - Gideon Lewis-Kraus Spring, 2006

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0496
Product attributePublisher:   W. W. Norton & Company
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