Taming Democracy "The People", the Founders, and the Troubled Ending of the American Revolution

ISBN-10: 0195378563

ISBN-13: 9780195378566

Edition: 2009

Authors: Terry Bouton
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Description: Americans see the Founding Fathers as selfless patriots who fought British tyranny and brought democracy to the land. But in this award-winning book, Terry Bouton reveals that as the War for Independence ended, the Revolutionary elite began to abandon democratic ideas to embrace instead a new vision where government worked to transfer wealth to "moneyed men." Centering on Pennsylvania, the symbolic center of democracy's rise, Bouton shows intimately how the war and the events that followed (such as the misnamed Whiskey Rebellion) affected the majority of "the people," introducing us to the Revolution's unsung heroes--farmers, weavers, and tailors who risked their lives to create democracy and then to defend it against what they called the forces of "united avarice." We also get a starkly new look some familiar characters from the Revolution, including Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Robert Morris, and George Washington, men who Bouton portrays as real, flawed people, blinded by their own sense of entitlement.

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Book details

List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/16/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Terry Bouton is Associate Professor of History at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Introduction
The Rise Of Democracy (1763-1776)
Oppression The Origins Of The American Revolution
The Vision of '76 Popular Ideology And The Revolution
Confronting The Counter-Revolution (1776-1787)
The Gospel of Moneyed Men The Gentry's New Ideals
The Sheriff's Wagon The Crisis Of The 1780s
Equal Power "The People" Attempt To Reclaim The Revolution
The Problem with Politics Why Reform Fell Short
Rings of Protection Popular Resistance During The 1780s
Taming Democracy (1787-1799)
"A Stronger Barrier against Democracy" The Struggle Over Constitutions
Roads Closed Desperate Opposition to The New Order
The Pennsylvania Regulation of 1794 A Rebellion Over Whiskey?
The Pennsylvania Regulation of 1799 John Fries's Rebellion?
Conclusion
Notes
Index
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