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Tise, Larry E. THE AMERICAN COUNTER REVOLUTION: A Retreat from Liberty, 1783-1800. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Stackpole Books, 1998). First Edition. 70 illustrations distributed throughout book, extensive notes, bibliography, index, 634 pages.

~~~~~"A refutation of virtually the entire historiography surrounding the outcomes of the Revolution, this epic narrative traces the shift from the ideas of liberty to the politics of order during the difficult period between 1783 and 1800."


Watts, Steven, THE REPUBLIC REBORN: War and the Making of Liberal America, 1790-1820. New, paperback (Johns Hopkins University Press., 1989). 9x6. Extensive notes, index, 378 pages.

~~~~~"A study of how the War of 1812 played a critical role in the emergence of an American 'culture of capitalism' by touching the growth of an entrepreneurial economy of competition, the development of a liberal political structure and ideology, and the rise of a bourgeois culture of self-interest and self-control.


(Webster), Rollins, Richard. THE AUTOBIOGRAPHIES OF NOAH WEBSTER. NEW copy. Hardcover in dust jacket. (University of South Carolina Press, 1989). Webster's memoir, diary, letters and essays. Bibliography, index, 378 pp.
~~~ "This book publishes for the first time Noah Webster's formal aujtobiography as well as several other accounts of various aspects of his life. An essay by the editor analyzes Webster's self-portraits within the context of his life and time. Historians will find this collection quite useful for research on virtually any aspect of American life between 1778 and 1843." Subjects treated by Webster include: the U.S. Constitution and its origins, George Washington, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Rush, the Revolutionary War, Shay's Rebellion, the American response to the French Revolution, early anti-slavery efforts, philology & lexicography.


Wilentz, Sean, THE RISE OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY: Jefferson to Lincoln. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (NY: WW Norton & Co, 2005). 75 plates, many in color. Extensive notes, index, 1044 pages.
~~~ From Kirkus Reviews: "Is the U.S. a democracy, or a republic? As Wilentz (History/Princeton Univ.) shows in this sprawling account, Americans debated the issue from the post-revolutionary era to the Civil War. In classical terms, a republic is governed 'through the ministrations of the most worthy, enlightened men,' whereas a democracy 'dangerously handed power to the impassioned, unenlightened masses.' One-time revolutionary firebrand Noah Webster so mistrusted the mob that, he thundered, had he foreseen popular rule, he would never have fought for freedom; even Thomas Jefferson, that most impassioned of democrats, allowed that given a free choice, the public chose wrongly more often than not. Democracy as such was an oxymoron, Wilentz observes, with power limited to white propertied men in the early days of the republic; the extension of rights throughout the 19th century to a wider polity was a matter of fierce fighting, and eventually war. The battle over just who was to be in charge began almost as soon as national freedom was achieved, an early test, Wilentz writes, being the Whisky Rebellion of 1794, fought by country people against an excise tax on distilled liquor imposed by urbanite arch-republican Alexander Hamilton. As the contest expanded, Wilentz notes, some of the differences between country and city people gave way to other divisions, and by the time Andrew Jackson ran for office in 1824, the gulf between North and South was beginning to widen (as, for a time, was that between those who believed in a cash economy and those who argued for the merits of credit). Abraham Lincoln, though deeply committed to democratic values, would insist on the supremacy of federal over states' rights, while thenominally democratic leaders of the South meant to exalt 'the supreme political power of local elites.' Wilentz shows that none of these battles was new when Lincoln took office; in some respects, they are still being fought today. Wilentz's book, though very long, wastes no words. A well-crafted, highly readable political history.