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Beyond the Book

448 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 7 illus., 4 figs., notes, index

Beyond the Founders

New Approaches to the Political History of the Early American Republic

In pursuit of a more sophisticated and inclusive American history, the contributors to Beyond the Founders propose new directions for the study of the political history of the republic before the Civil War. In ways formal and informal, symbolic and tactile, this political world encompassed blacks, women, entrepreneurs, and Native Americans, as well as the Adamses, Jeffersons, and Jacksons, all struggling in their own ways to shape the new nation and express their ideas of American democracy.

Taking inspiration from the new cultural and social histories, these political historians show that the early history of the United States was not just the product of a few "founding fathers," but was also marked by widespread and passionate popular involvement; print media more politically potent than that of later eras; and political conflicts and influences that crossed lines of race, gender, and class.


John L. Brooke, The Ohio State University

Andrew R. L. Cayton, Miami University (Ohio)

Saul Cornell, The Ohio State University

Seth Cotlar, Willamette University

Reeve Huston, Duke University

Nancy Isenberg, University of Tulsa

Richard R. John, University of Illinois at Chicago

Albrecht Koschnik, Florida State University

Rich Newman, Rochester Institute of Technology

Jeffrey L. Pasley, University of Missouri, Columbia

Andrew W. Robertson, City University of New York

William G. Shade, Lehigh University

David Waldstreicher, Temple University

Rosemarie Zagarri, George Mason University

About the Author

Jeffrey L. Pasley is associate professor of history at the University of Missouri, Columbia, and author of "The Tyranny of Printers": Newspaper Politics in the Early American Republic. Andrew W. Robertson is associate professor of history at Lehman College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and author of The Language of Democracy: Political Rhetoric in the U.S. and Britain, 1790-1900. David Waldstreicher is professor of history at Temple University and author of Runaway America: Benjamin Franklin, Slavery, and the American Revolution.

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