From the Publisher
The injustices of seventeenth-century English mercantilism and privilege, were giving way in late eighteenth-century America; to a nascent capitalism of unprecedented growth and production. The consequence of which produced a politically charged platform of merit over privilege. In other words political power for the few in the new representative republic.
Subsequently an old idea was reborn; expansion and domination of trade backed by an elite military. For those who contemplated empire and those who sought only to govern; a great conflict ensued. A conflict felt in America today; from the school rooms; to the bar rooms; to the court rooms - and across the globe.
During the 1790's, soon after the inception of the federal representative Republic, it soon became clear that the vision of the Revolutionary generation was soon to be challenged by the very forces that motivated them. to establish laws most wholesome and necessary for the public good; social, political, and economic justice.
From the Author
The Federalists, in the 1790's, seized control of the economy soon after the republic's inception by interpreting the federal Constitution as an economic document (only) and ultimately a means to power. This was motivated by the Federalist agenda whose movement was based on merit rather than privilege. However, the many events of the 1790's were not seen as fulfilling the promise of the Constitution's preamble.