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New Nation: A History of the United States During the Confederation, 1781-1789 Paperback – March, 1966

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Random House Inc (T) (March 1966)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394705270
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394705279
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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By G. F Gori on June 21, 2001
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Merrill Jensen's "New Nation" is an excellent account of the first constitutional government of the United States in the period of 1781 to 1789. Jensen refutes old myths and nationaist propaganda about how the Confederation government was a failure. Jensen rightly points out the accomplishments of the first Federal government. He points out the laws to settle the huge western territory,the commissions develpoed to settle land disputes between states, and the establishment of foreign diplomatic establishments.He also points out the propaganda and power of the nationalists in the nation who were attempting to create a centralized government.He shows how many Americans were quite content with a weak central government and thought the Confederation was a sucess.Overall and excellent book.
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There is useful historical material in Jensen's treatise. Overall he did fairly well to summarize the various forces extant during the post war period. However, some of his conclusions demonstrate he is not so unbiased as proposes he is in his introduction. At the time of the first printing (1950) this may have been relatively true in comparison to other texts. Like most historical investigators, he focuses mainly on the actions of the elitists of the period, and virtually neglects the undercurrents of the common people which drove them to impose the Nationalist government outlined in our present Constitution. Zinn's A People's History of the US will fill in some of that undercurrent. Rosenfeld's American Aurora is a great exposé into the period, taken from the newspaper and supportive journals and pamphlets.
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I read a lot of history books, I like ones that even most people would find dull, but this is the abosolute worst. It gives an eccelent account of US history in the time period of the Articles of Confederation, and could be used as a refference, but DO NOT attempt to sit down and read this cover to cover as I did. Jensens writing style is unbearable.
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