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The Early American Republic, 1789-1829 Hardcover – March 9, 2006


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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (March 9, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195154223
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195154221
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.8 x 6.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,271,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a highly readable, nicely fleshed-out distillation of key themes and developments in the early republic, most notably the new nation's transformation from an (ideally) orderly republic to a tumultuous democracy and from a 'colonial' economy dependent on exports to a more 'developed' economy with strong internal markets. It makes sense of Americans' hopes and expectations coming out of the ratification period and provides a map for navigating the economic, social, and political developments not only up to 1829, but also afterwards."--Kirsten Wood, Florida International University


"This text, written by a master historian and incorporating the outpouring of research on the New Republic from the last two decades, should prove very useful. Johnson's scholarship is impeccable."--Lawrence Peskin, Morgan University


"No other work I can think of would provide as clear or as quick an introduction."--Christopher Clark, University of Warwick, U.K.


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Paul E. Johnson is at University of South Carolina.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Festus on March 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
Johnson has been writing on the same topic throughout his career. Each of his books seems to be a distillation of his previous work, with each further refinement adding tremendously to what we know about one of the most surprising and unlikely periods in American history. Indeed, Johnson notes that the United States in 1789 was a losing bet. It was a small, weak collection of coastal settlements surrounded by much more powerful Indian nations and by European empires with zero affection for a radical political experiment in republican government. The nation was united only by the vague and untested Constitution, by shared dependence on English markets, and more or less by a shared language. It was also profoundly undemocratic. In almost every state only a handful of rich men were allowed to vote.

In this wonderful short book Johnson explains how everything changed in a single generation. Thirty years after ratifying the Constitution, the US had a stable political order, a population more than four times larger than at Independence, a vastly larger territorial base, and a totally different political culture in which average white men were the freest, most empowered on earth. Women and particularly Black people and Indians lost tremendous ground over the same period, as slavery boomed and the society turned hard toward a mercantile, commercial identity based on gaining individual wealth often at the expense of others or the larger community.

And that is just one example from this marvelous, thought-provoking book. Essential reading!
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11 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Walter G. Fitzsimons on March 25, 2006
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There has been a recent interest in the early American period, with best sellers on specialized topics. To enjoy these books, one needs a good general introduction to the era. This is it.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kaitlyn OHagan on October 5, 2010
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Much better than your average textbook if you're a real history buff. And even if you aren't, this novel's small size and well written prose and flow make it an enjoyable read for someone with simple cursory interest. Rather than listing the facts and figures, focusing on the important figures (aka prominent, rich, white males) it gives a more balanced view - to be sure, informing the reader of the importance of such figures, while giving a clear picture of the lifestyle, environment, and attitude of your average American at the time.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Drwamsbooks on September 28, 2014
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