The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln

The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln

In this magisterial work, Sean Wilentz traces a historical arc from the earliest days of the republic to the opening shots of the Civil War. One of our finest writers of history, 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. 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 discontenttwo starkly opposed democracies, one in the North and another in the Southand the wary balance that lasted until the election of Abraham Lincoln sparked its bloody resolution. 75 illustrations.

Title:The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780393058208
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  • robin friedman

    Sean Wilentz On American DemocracyIn "The Rise of American Democracy" (2005) Sean Wilentz has written a sweeping study of the pre-Civil War United States. His study explores the long-standing tensions...

  • Susanna - Censored by GoodReads

    Interesting, but flawed. Also his constant use of "The Democracy" is an accurate period usage but very annoying.For a further review: http://susannag.booklikes.com/post/63... ....

  • Steven Peterson

    Sean Wilentz provides an excellent commentary on the tensions bedeviling the republic--and wrecking the parties--from the origins until Lincoln's election. Underlying much of the tension was slavery. ...

  • Henry Sturcke

    This book is long and detailed, a bit of a slog at the beginning, but I stuck with it, and felt rewarded for it. In some ways the book is old-fashioned history in its broad narrative sweep and its res...

  • Colleen Browne

    Don't let the length of the book put you off. This is a well written, well researched book by an exceptional historian. Never one to accept the status quo, Wilentz questions assumptions and then resea...

  • Lisa

    This book was the slowest trudge I have ever taken! I was annoyed from cover to cover. The author's obvious adoration for Jefferson and Jackson dripped from nearly every page and bordered on sycophanc...

  • Joelle

    Joelle Reads Her Bookcase #16We have this idea that the Constitution was written, and universal suffrage happened. In reality, Georgia was the only original colony to grant it in their state constitut...

  • Andrew Canfield

    The breadth of The Rise of American Democracy is truly sweeping in its scope.This work encompasses both the big and small movements in democracy from the founding of the United States through the onse...

  • Michael

    Essential reading for anyone interested in American history and democracy. Wilentz' book is a rich, fascinating dissection of the evolution of the meaning(s) of democracy in the US from the ratificati...

  • David R.

    A monumental and detailed examination of the development of American democracy in its earliest years. Wilentz does a splendid job connecting the dots from the emergent Jeffersonian conception (one in ...