Taming Democracy "The People", the Founders, and the Troubled Ending of the American Revolution
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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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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
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Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/16/2009
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Terry Bouton is Associate Professor of History at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
|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?|