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Reign of Terror in America Visions of Violence from Anti-Jacobinism to Antislavery

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ISBN-10: 1107403987

ISBN-13: 9781107403987

Edition: 2012

Authors: Rachel Hope Cleves

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When the French Revolution degenerated into violent factionalism and civil war during the early 1790s, American conservative northeasterners reacted in profound terror. Alarmed by the possibility that the United States would follow her "sister republic" into chaos and civic bloodshed, northern Federalists and their Congregationalist allies reacted by aggressively attacking the violence of the French Revolution and its supposed American votaries. The Reign of Terror in America argues that American fears of the violence of the French Revolution led to antislavery, antiwar, and public education movements in the nineteenth-century United States. It is the first history of how Americans perceived the Reign of Terror, and reveals how significantly fears of French Violence changed the United States. Ultimately, these fears inspired a stark opposition to the violence of slaveholding, provided material for dramatic attacks on southern slavery, and helped to spark the Civil War.
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Book details

List price: $53.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/29/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 314
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Rachel Hope Cleves is currently an Assistant Professor of History at Northern Illinois University. Cleves graduated Magna Cum Laude from Barnard College, Columbia University, and she received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2005. Her dissertation won the James H. Kettner Prize for Best Written Dissertation in the Department of History. She has also been the recipient of fellowships and awards from the Gilder Lehrman Institute, the Harry Frank Guggenheim foundation, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, and the American Academy of Political and Social Science. Cleves has previously published an article in the Journal of the Early Republic, as well as numerous book reviews in scholarly journals.

Introduction: revolutionary violence in the Atlantic world
Violence and social order in the early American republic
A scene of confusion and blood: the American reaction against the French Revolution
Mortal eloquence: from anti-Jacobinism to antislavery
Fighting the war of 1812
Disciplining the 'Wild Beast': violence and education
Growing up anti-Jacobin: the Federalist-Abolitionist connection reconsidered
Conclusion: the problem of violence in the Early Republic
Appendix: Digital database citations: American narratives of the French Revolution