Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815

Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815

The Oxford History of the United States is by far the most respected multi-volume history of our nation. The series includes three Pulitzer Prize winners, two New York Times bestsellers, and winners of the Bancroft and Parkman Prizes. Now, in the newest volume in the series, one of America's most esteemed historians, Gordon S. Wood, offers a brilliant account of the early American Republic, ranging from 1789 and the beginning of the national government to the end of the War of 1812.
As Wood reveals, the period was marked by tumultuous change in all aspects of American life--in politics, society, economy, and culture. The men who founded the new government had high hopes for the future, but few of their hopes and dreams worked out quite as they expected. They hated political parties but parties nonetheless emerged. Some wanted the United States to become a great fiscal-military state like those of Britain and France; others wanted the country to remain a rural agricultural state very different from the European states. Instead, by 1815 the United States became something neither group anticipated. Many leaders expected American culture to flourish and surpass that of Europe; instead it became popularized and vulgarized. The leaders also hope to see the end of slavery; instead, despite the release of many slaves and the end of slavery in the North, slavery was stronger in 1815 than it had been in 1789. Many wanted to avoid entanglements with Europe, but instead the country became involved in Europe's wars and ended up waging another war with the former mother country. Still, with a new generation emerging by 1815, most Americans were confident and optimistic about the future of their country.
Named a New York Times Notable Book, Empire of Liberty offers a marvelous account of this pivotal era when America took its first unsteady steps as a new and rapidly expanding nation.

Title:Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780195039146
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  • Diane S ?

    The amount of research that went into this book is amazing as is the ability to condense it all into a readable format. Much is covered, from the putting togetherbof s new government, to the roles of ...

  • Matt

    Back when I was in college, I majored in finance and minored in girls. I graduated magna cum laude in one, and failed brilliantly in the other. At one point, trying to change my luck with the coeds, I...

  • HBalikov

    I have heard a lot of good things about Wood's historical perspective and this period of American history is one that I am only familiar with in its broad outlines. I have enjoyed the enlightening pro...

  • robin friedman

    Rip Van Winkle's AmericaAt the outset of his history of the United States between 1789 - 1815, Professor Gordon Wood aptly describes his subject as "Rip Van Winkle's America". Rip Van Winkle, of cours...

  • Jason Pettus

    (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)It's ha...

  • Mark

    In 1789 the United States started what amounted to a national reboot, as a new republic created by the ratification of the Constitution began operation. This was a massive and far-reaching endeavor, o...

  • James Thane

    This book is the capstone of Gordon S. Wood's long career, and an outstanding addition to the Oxford History of the United States. Wood surveys the history of the U. S. from the adoption of the Consti...

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    Another solid entry in the Oxford History of the U.S.For a further review: http://susannag.booklikes.com/post/10... ....

  • Bryn Dunham

    From the Constitution's eventual ratification to the aftermath of the War of 1812, this is an epic history of the U.S. The author, Dr. Gordon S. Wood is a respected historian and professor who is a ve...

  • Brian Pate

    I listened to the audiobook version on my way to and from work. (That helped me push through some of the less interesting chapters.) After reading biographies of the first five presidents, this volume...