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Wood, Gordon S
The idea of America : reflections on the birth of the United States / Gordon S. Wood
Alternate Title Reflections on the birth of the United States
New York : Penguin Press, 2011
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 3rd Floor  E302.1 .W77 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Influence
United States -- Politics and government -- 1775-1783
United States -- Politics and government -- 1783-1809
United States. Constitution
Subject(s) Democracy -- United States
Republicanism -- United States
Physical Description 385 p. ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 339-371) and index
Summary A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian of the American Revolution explains why it remains the most significant event in our history. In a series of elegant and illuminating essays, Wood explores the ideological origins of the revolution--from ancient Rome to the European Enlightenment--and the founders' attempts to forge an American democracy
Contents Rhetoric and reality in the American Revolution -- The legacy of Rome in the American Revolution -- Conspiracy and the paranoid style -- Interests and disinterestedness in the making of the Constitution -- The origins of American Constitutionalism -- The making of American democracy -- The radicalism of Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine considered -- Monarchism and republicanism in early America -- Illusions of power in the awkward era of federalism -- The American enlightenment -- A history of rights in early America -- Conclusion : the American revolutionary tradition, or why America wants to spread democracy around the world

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