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South Carolina And The American Revolution

Author: John W. Gordon
Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press
ISBN: 9781570034800
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This work shows how encounters with Native Americans and Continental troops and British regulars, fought between 1775 and 1783, were critical to South Carolina's winning the struggle that secured America's independence from Great Britain.

The Creation Of The American Republic 1776 1787

Author: Gordon S. Wood
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 080789981X
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One of the half dozen most important books ever written about the American Revolution.--New York Times Book Review "During the nearly two decades since its publication, this book has set the pace, furnished benchmarks, and afforded targets for many subsequent studies. If ever a work of history merited the appellation 'modern classic,' this is surely one.--William and Mary Quarterly "[A] brilliant and sweeping interpretation of political culture in the Revolutionary generation.--New England Quarterly "This is an admirable, thoughtful, and penetrating study of one of the most important chapters in American history.--Wesley Frank Craven

For Fear Of An Elective King

Author: Kathleen Bartoloni-Tuazon
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 0801471907
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In the spring of 1789, within weeks of the establishment of the new federal government based on the U.S. Constitution, the Senate and House of Representatives fell into dispute regarding how to address the president. Congress, the press, and individuals debated more than a dozen titles, many of which had royal associations and some of which were clearly monarchical. For Fear of an Elective King is Kathleen Bartoloni-Tuazon's rich account of the title controversy and its meanings. The short, intense legislative phase and the prolonged, equally intense public phase animated and shaped the new nation’s broadening political community. Rather than simply reflecting an obsession with etiquette, the question challenged Americans to find an acceptable balance between power and the people’s sovereignty while assuring the country’s place in the Atlantic world. Bartoloni-Tuazon argues that the resolution of the controversy in favor of the modest title of "President" established the importance of recognition of the people's views by the president and evidence of modesty in the presidency, an approach to leadership that fledged the presidency’s power by not flaunting it. How the country titled the president reflected the views of everyday people, as well as the recognition by social and political elites of the irony that authority rested with acquiescence to egalitarian principles. The controversy’s outcome affirmed the republican character of the country’s new president and government, even as the conflict was the opening volley in increasingly partisan struggles over executive power. As such, the dispute is as relevant today as in 1789.

The Right To Nominate

Author: Thomas Peterson
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1504961714
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Government of the parties, by the parties, and for the partiesis this what the Framers of the Constitution designed? Is this the fate of the American Republic? Fewer than 5 percent of Americans today know that the party system is not in the Constitution. The Framers loathed political parties, and the sovereign position they designed for the American peopleto rule over all parties and interest groups through our elected representativeshas been stripped from us. The Right to Nominate unveils this fundamental dysfunction that now permeates every aspect of American government. We the people have been so enfeebled by our loss of sovereignty that we are now helpless to stop politicians from shutting down our government or even bankrupting our country. Though the Constitution was purposely written to stop political parties from taking over government, today fewer than 1 percent of the people know where those antiparty clauses are. By exploiting one weakness in the framers magnificent design, the parties have stolen the American peoples sovereignty by quietly transforming the peoples representatives into party representatives. The Right to Nominate shows how they did it, and what the terrible consequences have been. The Right to Nominate presents a simple but revolutionary answer for the political rebirth of Americafor breaking the chokehold of party control, for the return of the peoples sovereignty, and for the triumph of representative government. Two hundred years of electoral experience are distilled to reveal the missing cornerstone of representative government, the unredeemed right of the American people: the right to nominate. Amendment XXVIII, offered here, will establish a Constitutional mechanism for the people to nominate nonparty candidates, breaking the parties stranglehold over elections by opening up more rights and more freedom for Americans.

In The Midst Of Perpetual Fetes

Author: David Waldstreicher
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
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David Waldstreicher's In the Midst of Perpetual Fetes probes the practices of nationalism in a country made up of inherent and evolving divisions. His question is simple: How did national celebrations work as political strategy and as unifying event? Pursuing this inquiry, Waldstreicher offers a series of rich explorations into the dynamics of festivities that celebrated - or mourned - events and characters in the early republic. Using an innovative methodology and a sophisticated theoretical framework, Waldstreicher uncovers the processes that generated a profusion of patriotic sentiment. While celebrations like those for the Constitution, the Fourth of July, Washington's birthday, Jefferson's inauguration, and the end of the slave trade enabled nonvoters to participate intimately in the political process, they also provided ways to keep women and blacks in prescribed, noncitizen roles, even as members of both groups began to use celebrations for their own ends. Through a careful analysis of printed materials - newspapers, broadsides, toasts, orations, and ballads, - in relation to nationalist practices, Waldstreicher traces the emergence of an American political culture formed around a desired unity of purpose.

Thomas Jefferson

Author: Lawrence S. Kaplan
Publisher: Scholarly Resources, Incorporated
ISBN: 9780842026307
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This biography of one of America's greatest political figures focuses on Thomas Jefferson's role as a maker of foreign policy. Although he was not the sole formulator of American diplomacy, Jefferson's voice was the most pervasive in the first generation of the republic's history. This text explores how the concept of the United States' westward expansion worked as the moving force in forming Jefferson's judgments and actions in foreign relations. Although much has been written about Jefferson, this volume is one of the few that explores the full range of his positions on foreign relations. Readable and authoritative, Thomas Jefferson: Westward the Course of Empire offers new insight into the man who shaped American foreign policy.

Damned Nation

Author: Kathryn Gin Lum
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199375186
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Among the pressing concerns of Americans in the first century of nationhood were day-to-day survival, political harmony, exploration of the continent, foreign policy, and--fixed deeply in the collective consciousness--hell and eternal damnation. The fear of fire and brimstone and the worm that never dies exerted a profound and lasting influence on Americans' ideas about themselves, their neighbors, and the rest of the world. Kathryn Gin Lum poses a number of vital questions: Why did the fear of hell survive Enlightenment critiques in America, after largely subsiding in Europe and elsewhere? What were the consequences for early and antebellum Americans of living with the fear of seeing themselves and many people they knew eternally damned? How did they live under the weighty obligation to save as many souls as possible? What about those who rejected this sense of obligation and fear? Gin Lum shows that beneath early Americans' vaunted millennial optimism lurked a pervasive anxiety: that rather than being favored by God, they and their nation might be the object of divine wrath. As time-honored social hierarchies crumbled before revival fire, economic unease, and political chaos, "saved" and "damned" became as crucial distinctions as race, class, and gender. The threat of damnation became an impetus for or deterrent from all kinds of behaviors, from reading novels to owning slaves. Gin Lum tracks the idea of hell from the Revolution to Reconstruction. She considers the ideas of theological leaders like Jonathan Edwards and Charles Finney, as well as those of ordinary women and men. She discusses the views of Native Americans, Americans of European and African descent, residents of Northern insane asylums and Southern plantations, New England's clergy and missionaries overseas, and even proponents of Swedenborgianism and annihilationism. Damned Nation offers a captivating account of an idea that played a transformative role in America's intellectual and cultural history.