9780195039146

Empire of Liberty A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815

  • ISBN 13:

    9780195039146

  • ISBN 10:

    0195039149

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 10/28/2009
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Summary

This book is a history of the early Republic from 1789 and the beginning of the national government under the Constitution to 1815 and the end of the War of 1812. The period was marked by tumultuous change in all aspects of American life--in politics, society, economy, and culture. The men who founded the new government had high hopes for the future, but few of their hopes and dreams worked out quite as they expected. They hated political parties but parties nonetheless emerged. Some wanted the United States to become a great fiscal-military state like those of the European powers Britain and France; others wanted the country to remain a rural agricultural state very different from the European states. Instead, by 1815 the United States became something neither group anticipated. Many leaders expected American culture to flourish and surpass that of Europe; instead it became popularized and vulgarized. The leaders also hope to see the end of slavery; instead, despite many manumissions and the end of slavery in the North, slavery was stronger in 1815 than it had been in 1789. Many wanted to avoid entanglements with Europe, but instead the country became involved in Europe's wars and ended up waging another war with the former mother country. Still, with a new generation emerging by 1815, most Americans were confident and optimistic about the future of their country.

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