Jeffersonian Transformation Passages from the History

ISBN-10: 1590172159

ISBN-13: 9781590172155

Edition: 2006

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A New York Review Books Original The ideal introduction and companion to Adams' s " massive and magisterial" history of the administrations of Jefferson and Madison, presenting an indelible picture of America' s startling rise to world power. Henry Adams' s nine-volume "History of the United States of America During the Administrations of Jefferson and Madison" is the first great history of America as well as the first great American work of history, one that rivals Gibbon' s "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" in its eloquence and sweep. But where Gibbon told of imperial collapse, Adams recorded the rise of an unprecedented new power, America, which, he shows, beat nearly inconceivable odds to expand in a mere seventeen years -- 1800 to 1817-- from a backward provincial outpost to an imperial power. What made this transformation all the more unexpected was that it occurred under the watch of two presidents who were in principle dead set against it, but whose policies promoted it energetically. A masterpiece not only of research and analysis but of style and art, Adams' s history is a splendid coming-of-age story, with romantic and even comic overtones, recording a young nation' s amazed awakening to its own unsuspected promise. "The Jeffersonian Transformation" presents a new selection from Adams' s History, the first to bring together in one volume the opening and closing sections of the work, with an introduction by the historian and political commentator Garry Wills. The two sections of Adams' s History included here present a bold picture of America before and after the Jeffersonian transformation.Together they define the scope and argument of the "History" as a whole, while raising still-provocative questions about the relationship between American democracy and American empire.
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List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: New York Review of Books, Incorporated, The
Publication date: 9/19/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Henry Adams was born in Boston, Massachusetts on February 16, 1838, the son of American diplomat Charles Francis Adams and grandson of President John Quincy Adams. Educated at Harvard University, he worked in Washington, D.C., as his father's secretary before embarking on a career in journalism and later in teaching. A prominent American historian, he wrote several important historical works. His works include The Education of Henry Adams, Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres, Esther: A Novel, and Democracy: An American Novel. He died on March 27, 1918 at the age of 80.

Garry Wills, 1934 - Garry Wills was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1934. Wills received a B.A. from St. Louis University in 1957, an M.A. from Xavier University of Cincinnati in 1958, an M.A. (1959) and a Ph.D. (1961) in classics from Yale. Wills was a junior fellow of the Center for Hellenic Studies from 1961-62, an associate professor of classics and adjunct professor of humanities at Johns Hopkins University from 1962-80. Wills was the first Washington Irving Professor of Modern American History and Literature at Union College, and was also a Regents Professor at the University of California in Santa Barbara, Silliman Seminarist at Yale, Christian Gauss Lecturer at Princeton, W.W. Cook Lecturer at the University of Michigan Law School, Hubert Humphrey Seminarist at Macalester College, Welch Professor of American Studies at Notre Dame University and Henry R. Luce Professor of American Culture and Public Policy at Northwestern University (1980-88). Wills is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and his articles appear frequently in The New York Review of Books. Wills is the author of "Lincoln at Gettysburg," which won the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction in 1993 and the NEH Presidential Medal, "John Wayne's America," "A Necessary Evil: A History of American Distrust of Government" and "The Kennedy Imprisonment." Other awards received by Wills include the National Book Critics Award, the Merle Curti Award of the organization of American Historians, the Wilbur Cross Medal from Yale Graduate School, the Harold Washington Book Award and the Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting, which was for writing and narrating the 1988 "Frontline" documentary "The Candidates."

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America in 1800 Physical and Economical Conditions
Popular Characteristics Intellect of New England
Intellect of the Middle States Intellect of the Southern States American Ideals
America in 1817 Economical Results
Religious and Political Thought Literature and Art American Character
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