Inheriting the Revolution
The First Generation of Americans New edition
By (author) Joyce Appleby
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Inheriting the Revolution by Joyce Appleby
Book DescriptionBorn after the Revolution, the first generation of Americans inherited a truly new world - and, with it, the task of working out terms of independence. Anyone who started a business, marketed a new invention, ran for office, formed an association, or wrote for publication was helping to fashion the world's first liberal society. These are the people we encounter in this book, a vibrant tapestry of the lives, callings, decisions, desires, and reflections of those Americans who turned the new abstractions of democracy, the nation, and the free enterprise into contested realities. Through data gathered on thousands of people, as well as hundreds of memoirs an autobiographies, the author tells myriad intersecting stories of how Americans born between 1776 and 1830 reinvented themselves and their society in politics, economics, reform, religion, and culture. They also had to grapple with the new distinction of free and slave labour, with all its divisive social entailments; the rout of Enlightenment rationality by the warm passions of religious awakening; the explosion of small business opportunities for young people eager to break out of their parents' colonial cocoon. Few in the nation escaped the transforming intrusiveness of these changes. Working these experiences into a vivid picture of American cultural renovation, the author accounts how the first generation established its own culture, its own nation, its own identity. The passage of social responsibility from one generation to another is always a fascinating interplay of the inherited and the novel; this book shows how, in the early 19th century, the very idea of generations resonated with new meaning in the United States.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674006638
(235mm x 156mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 3-Sep-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Joyce Appleby
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An engrossing history of the voyages of exploration that ignited curiosity about nature and gave birth to modern science.
Common Sense and Other Writings, Paperback (March 2013)
A series that offers quality editions of important works of literature to the student and the general reader, each featuring new scholarship and pages of carefully crafted extras. It pulls together a constellation of influences; biographical, historical and literary, to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.
Relentless Revolution, Paperback (April 2011)
"Splendid: the global history of capitalism in all its creative-and destructive-glory."-The New York Times Book Review
Revolutionary Writings of Alexander Hamilton, Paperback (March 2008)» View all books by Joyce Appleby
Alexander Hamilton's thought has, for over two hundred years, been noted for its deviations from American revolutionary Whig orthodoxy. This collection helps to find the seeds of this development, as Hamilton's early optimistic confidence in the triumph of American Whig principles begin to give way to his mature Federalism.
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