Early Republic: People and Perspectives, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1598840207
  • ISBN-13: 9781598840209
  • DDC: 973.4
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 243 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2008 | Published/Released June 2010
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2008

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In a compilation of essays, Early Republic: People and Perspectives explores the varied experiences of many different groups of Americans across racial, gender, religious, and regional lines in the early years of the country.

The American Revolution sparked popular uprisings in France, Ireland, Poland, and elsewhere around the world. Yet only the United States was able to follow the successful overthrow of a colonial oppressor with a stable, lasting republic. Credit for that usually falls to the extraordinary leaders of the time, but what about the contributions of ordinary citizens? How did they affect the country in its formative decades?

In a series of chapters, Early Republic provides vivid portraits of the farmers, entrepreneurs, laborers, women, Native Americans, and slaves who made up the population of the United States in its infancy. Key events, such as the two-party political system, the Louisiana Purchase, the War of 1812, and the expansion into the Ohio Valley, are seen through the eyes of the ordinary citizens who helped make them happen, in turn, making the United States what it is today.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Selected titles in ABC-CLIO's Perspectives in American Social History series.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Series Introduction.
1: About the Editor and Contributors.
2: Chronology.
3: A World of Independent Men: Artisans in the Early Republic.
4: Freeborn Americans: The Rise of the Urban Wage Earner and the Rhetoric of the Early Republic.
5: Seeking “Men of Iron Sinew”: Creating a Professional Military in the Early American Republic.
6: Virtuous Expectations: Republican Motherhood and True Womanhood in the Early Republic.
7: States of Liberty, States of Bondage: African Americans in the Early Republic.
8: Colonizing the “Western World”: Western Settlers (1780-1830).
9: “My Joy Has Ebbed and Flowed, with the Complexion of the Times”: Immigrants and Migrants in the Early Republic.
10: Moving and Removing, Adapting and Adopting to the New Nation: Native Americans Respond to American Expansion.
11: The Fires of Evangelicalism in the Cauldron of the Early Republic: Race, Class, and Gender in the Second Great Awakening.
12: Primary Documents.
13: Reference.