Faculty Book: Jeffery L. Pasley, Andrew W. Robertson, and David Waldstreicher, editors
Jeffery L. Pasley, Andrew W. Robertson, and David Waldstreicher, editors
Beyond the Founders: New Approaches to the Political History of the Early American Republic
(University of North Carolina Press, 2004; 448 pp.)
In pursuit of a more sophisticated and inclusive American history, the contributors to Beyond the Founders propose new directions for the study of the political history of the republic before the Civil War. In ways formal and informal, and symbolic and tactile, this political world encompassed blacks, women, entrepreneurs, and Native Americans, as well as the Adamses, Jeffersons, and Jacksons, all struggling in their own ways to shape the new nation and express their ideas of American democracy. Taking inspiration from the new cultural and social histories, these political historians show that the early history of the United States was not just the product of a few "founding fathers," but was also marked by widespread and passionate popular involvement; a print media much more politically active and potent than that of later eras; and political conflicts and influences that crossed lines of race, gender, and class. Robertson is an associate professor of history at The Graduate Center and Lehman College.
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Submitted on: OCT 31, 2003