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Moral Visions and Material Ambitions : Philadelphia Struggle to Define the Republic 1776-1836 :  Philadelphia Struggle to Define the Republic 1776-1836 - Kristen A. Foster

Moral Visions and Material Ambitions : Philadelphia Struggle to Define the Republic 1776-1836

Philadelphia Struggle to Define the Republic 1776-1836

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"No single vision for the future of America existed after the Revolution. In light of social and economic changes, America's scope shifted from community-mindedness, the very heart of the republican ideal, to economic individualism. In Moral Visions and Ma"

After more than three decades of heated debate, the question of whether the political culture of the early republic was essentially republican or liberal remains unresolved. Moral Visions and Material Ambitions cuts through this impasse with a freshand compelling argument: as the nation's economy became increasingly capitalist and market-driven in the half-century following the American Revolution, the rising middle class took advantage of new economic opportunities and justified their actions by creating a republican vision of liberalism capitalism, a vision that would come to dominate political discourse for the remainder of the century. Moral Visions and Material Ambitions thus opens a unique window onto the intellectual life of ordinarypeople and reveals the critical role they played in defining the nature of American society. This is an important book with a provocative thesis, making it a book that will be required reading for everyone concerned with the history of the early republic. -- Ronald Schultz, University of Wyoming
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Moral Visions and Material Ambitions is a terrific book. Kristin Foster brings vividly to life the laborers, skilled craftsmen, free blacks, and men and women of the 'middling sort' in post-Revolutionary Philadelphia as they invoked republican ideology to suit their varied purposes. Examining a series of events ranging from the war of independence and a bitterly fought court battle to exuberant parades and public ceremonials, Foster deepens our understanding of the Revolution's complex ideological legacy. -- Paul S. Boyer, editor-in-chief, The Oxford Companion to United States History
After more than three decades of heated debate, the question of whether the political culture of the early republic was essentially republican or liberal remains unresolved. Moral Visions and Material Ambitions cuts through this impasse with a fresh and compelling argument: as the nation's economy became increasingly capitalist and market-driven in the half-century following the American Revolution, the rising middle class took advantage of new economic opportunities and justified their actions by creating a republican vision of liberalism capitalism, a vision that would come to dominate political discourse for the remainder of the century. Moral Visions and Material Ambitions thus opens a unique window onto the intellectual life of ordinary people and reveals the critical role they played in defining the nature of American society. This is an important book with a provocative thesis, making it a book that will be required reading for everyone concerned with the history of the early republic. -- Ronald Schultz, University of Wyoming

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Revolutionary War and the Development of Republican Ideologies in Philadelphiap. 9
Tension in the Artisan Shop: The Deterioration of a Most Republican Relationshipp. 41
From Journeymen to Workingmen: Philadelphia Forges an "Iron Chain of Bondage"p. 77
All Things in Moderation: Philadelphia's Middling Sort Builds a Hybrid Republican Culture and Its Own Class Identityp. 109
On the Margins of Republican Citizenship: Moderate Beginningsp. 145
Conclusionp. 181
Selected Bibliographyp. 185
Indexp. 199
About the Authorp. 206
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ISBN: 9780739107584
ISBN-10: 0739107585
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 205
Published: January 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.43