American Politics in the Early Republic The New Nation in Crisis

ISBN-10: 0300065191
ISBN-13: 9780300065190
Edition: 1993
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Book details

List price: $29.00
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 8/30/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 378
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

During the years from 1789 to 1801, the republican political institutions forged by the American Constitution were put to the test. A new nation - born in revolution, divided over the nature of republicanism, undermined by deep-seated sectional allegiances, and mired in foreign policy entanglements - faced the challenge of creating a stable, enduring national authority and union. In this engagingly written book, James Roger Sharp offers a penetrating new assessment disputing the conventional wisdom that the birth of the country was a relatively painless and unexceptional one. Instead, he tells the dramatic story of how the euphoria surrounding the inauguration of George Washington as the country's first president quickly soured. Soon, the Federalist defenders of the administration and their Republican critics regarded each other as bitter political enemies. The intense partisanship prevented the acceptance of the idea that an opposition could both oppose and be loyal to the government. As a result, the nation teetered on the brink of disintegration as fear, insurrection, and threats of secession abounded. Many even envisioned armed civil conflict as a possible outcome. Despite the polarization the nation did manage to survive its first trial. The election of Thomas Jefferson in 1801 and the nonviolent transfer of power from one political group to another ended the immediate crisis. But sectionally based politics continued to plague the nation and eventually led to the Civil War.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Breakdown of Elite Consensus, 1789 to 1792
George Washington and the New Nation
Disappointed Expectations: The Failure of Elite Consensus
The Polarization of the Elite, 1792 to 1798
The Election of 1792: Grappling with the Concept of Representation
The French Revolution and the Awakening of the Democratic Spirit
Threats to the Union
The Jay Treaty
The Election of 1796
The War Crisis and the Alien and Sedition Acts
The Crisis of Union, 1798 to 1801
The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions: Making a Refuge for the Oppressed
1799: Virginia Versus the Hamiltonian Federalists and the Fears of Armed Conflict
The Election of 1800
Electoral Gridlock: the Crisis of 1801
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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