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Jeffersonian America : Problems in American History - Peter S. Onuf

Jeffersonian America

Problems in American History


Published: 5th October 2001
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In this compact and engaging book, Peter S. Onuf and Leonard J. Sadosky analyze Thomas Jefferson's conception of American nationhood in light of the political and social demands facing the post-Revolutionary Republic in its formative years. Onuf and Sadosky's fresh approach to the history and historiography of this crucial period underscores the challenges of preserving American independence and securing a fragile union in a dangerous world. In clear terms, the volume lays out the conflict between Jeffersonian Republicans and their Federalist opponents who were accused of war-mongering, and exposes the irony of one of Jefferson's friends, President James Madison, leading the United States into the War of 1812, America's second war for independence. Jeffersonian America helps students, scholars, and general readers understand some of the fundamental tensions and paradoxes that have shaped the subsequent course of American history.

Jeffersonian America represents political history at itsvery best. It is no mere catalog of elections and partisanstruggles but a history that explains the underlying structure ofpolitics and uses that explanation to illuminate the history of theperiod." Jan Lewis, Rutgers University atNewark.

"In this well crafted and knowledgeable book, Onuf and Sadoskyoffer us a splendid lens through which to view Jefferson and theearly republic. We thereby gain a greater insight into the originsof American political culture." Paul A. Gilje, University ofOklahoma.

"Onuf and Sadowski ... examine family structure and thestructure of local government, political economy and race, andfederalism and diplomacy, providing a deft analysis of Jefferson'sconception of nationhood during the country's formative years."Choice

"The book's ideological, synthetic and integrative approachemphasizes the themes of contingency and even anxiety in the lifeof the new nation, which the authors would contend was elided byprevious generations of historiographical simplification andoverspeculation. Indeed this volume significantly clarifies ourunderstanding of the persistent orientation of the young UnitedStates towards the western frontier and the Atlantic world."Johnathan o'Neill, University of London



1. The Republican Revolution.

2. Little Republics.

3. Pursuits of Happiness.

4. Federal Republic and Extended Union.

Further Reading.


ISBN: 9781557869234
ISBN-10: 1557869235
Series: Problems in American History
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 270
Published: 5th October 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.74 x 13.82  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1