From Library Journal
In this major work, noted Jacksonian historian Sellers details the impact of capitalism on all aspects of U.S. development in the early 19th century. While some may denigrate his analysis as overly Marxist, its conclusions are logical and supportable. In particular the impact of the market on national character, which Sellers sees as an ongoing conflict of arminian and antimonian philosophies, may lead historians to reinterpretations of events and policies since the Jacksonian era. Sellers's scholarship is vast, but a reliance on secondary sources in social and cultural areas is disappointing. Nevertheless, his bibliographic essay is a goldmine of sources for those researching the period. Specialists may find the content of this work compelling, but the author's arid, sometimes pedantic style will limit its appeal. Recommended for academic libraries.- Rose Cichy, Osterhout Lib., Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
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"Sellers presents an ambitious, sweeping synthesis of Jacksonian America that is both thought-provoking and challenging. I learned a great deal from it."--Kenneth W. Noe, State University of West Georgia
"Marks an ambitious effort to narrate and explain the triumph of capitalism in antebellum America....the Market Revolution is, without doubt, a monumental work....It achieves what many historians have called for: a syntesis of the often fragmented findings of the 'new social history' and a new political narrative that shows the impact of subaltern groups' experience and action on the public life of the nation."--Reviews in American History
"A brave, magesterial effort to rewrite the era's history."--Sean Wilentz, The New Republic
"A fresh and persuasive account."--Eric Foner, History Book Club
"The most important interpretive survey of the Jacksonian period in the last half-century....Books like this endure and resonate."--Richard E. Ellis, Journal of the Early Republic
"A brilliant inspiration to all of us."--Harry L. Watson, Journal of the Early Republic
"Few books have attempted so much and few have offered such an all-embracing explanation for so diverse a range of phenomena."--Stephen E. Maizlish, American Historical Review
"Simply the best synthesis now available on Jacksonian America...the crowning achievement of Professor Seller's long and distinguished career."--Steven Watts, Journal of American History
"The book makes the reader ponder the role of capitalism in a democratic society, providing new ways of looking at a much-interpreted era."--History: Review of New Books
"A powerfully argued grand synthesis of a key period in American history, this book will teach and provoke as have few works in the last decade. For no other period of American history can one find such a sweeping, coherent account, which creatively interprets the scholarship of the last thiry years. Sellers fuses scholarship with moral purpose in ways that force us to rethink the relationship between capitalism and democracy."--Paul Goodman, University of California, Davis