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The Resource A sovereign people : the crises of the 1790s and the birth of American nationalism, Carol Berkin

A sovereign people : the crises of the 1790s and the birth of American nationalism, Carol Berkin

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A sovereign people : the crises of the 1790s and the birth of American nationalism
Title
A sovereign people
Title remainder
the crises of the 1790s and the birth of American nationalism
Statement of responsibility
Carol Berkin
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
"Americans like to believe that the Constitution miraculously brought the United States into being, as though the framers established, in one stroke, the nation we know today. Yet when George Washington delivered his First Inaugural Address on April 30, 1789, he expressed worry about the challenges that lay ahead. He was right to be concerned: the existence of the new nation was anything but secure. Without the support of the American people, after all, the Constitution was only a piece of paper. In [this book], the [author] argues that the young nation would not have survived absent the interventions of the Federalists, above all Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and John Adams. In power throughout the decade, they faced four successive crises of sovereignty. The Whiskey Rebellion was a domestic revolt over the right of the federal government to levy taxes. The Genet Affair saw a reckless French diplomat appeal directly to the American people, in opposition to Washington. The XYZ Affair involved foreign threats intended to draw the United States into a European war. The final crisis was self-inflicted, the result of the Federalists' desire to silence their critics in the press, in the form of the Alien and Sedition Acts. In each instance, the Federalists demonstrated the necessity of the federal government established by the Constitution, and by decade's end, the American people understood that without an "energetic government," there could be no United States. As [the author] ultimately reveals, while the Revolution freed the states and the Constitution linked them as never before, it was the Federalists who transformed them into an enduring nation." -- Book jacket
Cataloging source
NcU/DLC
Dewey number
  • 973.4
  • 973.3
Index
index present
LC call number
E310
LC item number
.B345 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
A sovereign people : the crises of the 1790s and the birth of American nationalism, Carol Berkin
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The Whiskey Rebellion -- The Genet Affair -- The XYZ Affair -- The Alien and Sedition Acts
Control code
ocn958798629
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
ix, 307 pages
Isbn
9780465060887
Lccn
2016047872
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)958798629
Label
A sovereign people : the crises of the 1790s and the birth of American nationalism, Carol Berkin
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The Whiskey Rebellion -- The Genet Affair -- The XYZ Affair -- The Alien and Sedition Acts
Control code
ocn958798629
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
ix, 307 pages
Isbn
9780465060887
Lccn
2016047872
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)958798629

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