Reading the Early Republic

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Harvard University Press, 30.06.2009 - 370 Seiten
Reading the Early Republic focuses attention on the forgotten dynamism of thought in the founding era. In every case, the documents, novels, pamphlets, sermons, journals, and slave narratives of the early American nation are richer and more intricate than modern readers have perceived. Rebellion, slavery, and treason--the mingled stories of the Revolution--still haunt national thought. Robert Ferguson shows that the legacy that made the country remains the idea of what it is still trying to become. He cuts through the pervading nostalgia about national beginnings to recapture the manic-depressive tones of its first expression. He also has much to say about the reconfiguration of charity in American life, the vital role of the classical ideal in projecting an unthinkable continental republic, the first manipulations of the independent American woman, and the troubled integration of civic and commercial understandings in the original claims of prosperity as national virtue. Reading the Early Republic uses the living textual tradition against history to prove its case. The first formative writings are more than sacred artifacts. They remain the touchstones of the durable promise and the problems in republican thought
 

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Inhalt

The Earliness of the Early Republic
9
The Dialectic of Liberty
51
The Commonalities of Common Sense
84
Becoming American
120
The Forgotten Publius
151
Finding Rome in America
172
Gabriels Rebellion
198
Jefferson at Monticello
218
Charity in the City of Brotherly Love
234
The Last Early Republican Text
254
Epilogue
282
Notes
293
Index
353
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Über den Autor (2009)

Robert A. Ferguson is George Edward Woodberry Professor in Law, Literature, and Criticism at Columbia University.

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