Jacksonian Promise America, 1815-1840

ISBN-10: 0801851688

ISBN-13: 9780801851681

Edition: 1995

Authors: Daniel Feller

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In Jacksonian Promise historian Daniel Feller offers a fresh look at the United States in the tumultuous Age of Jackson. Viewing the era through the eyes of people who lived in it, Feller's account captures the optimism and energy that filled America after the War of 1812. His emphasis on Americans' confidence in the future and faith in improvement challenges historians who depict the Jacksonian temperament in terms of anxiety and foreboding. Jacksonian Promise opens with the Jubilee anniversary of Independence in 1826, when Americans celebrated their national birthright of liberty and opportunity. Blessed with abundant resources and what they held to be the best government on earth, citizens believed they could accomplish nearly anything. They felt it in their power to remake themselves, their country, and the world. Feller traces the influence of this enterprising spirit across a broad range of Jacksonian activity. Experiment and innovation flourished as Americans built canals and factories, founded unions and utopias, staged religious revivals and moral crusades, and campaigned to eradicate social ills and to purify law and politics. Yet despite their common source, competing programs of progress soon clashed with each other. As citizens organized to pursue their hopes for America's future, divisions arose among that pointed ultimately toward civil war.
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 11/1/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748

Series Editor's Foreword
Preface
The Year of Jubilee
The Spirit of Improvement
The Law of Enterprise
The Statecraft of Progress
The Realm of Reason
The Kingdom of Christ
The Republic of Labor
The Elevation of Character
The Politics of Democracy
Descent into Discord
Bibliographical Essay
Index
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