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The idea of America : reflections on the birth of the United States, Gordon S. Wood

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The idea of America : reflections on the birth of the United States
Title
The idea of America
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reflections on the birth of the United States
Statement of responsibility
Gordon S. Wood
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Language
eng
Summary
Because the U.S. began as an idea, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Gordon S. Wood believes that the American Revolution is the most important event in our history, bar none. American identity is not based on any universally shared heritage, so we have had to return to our nation's founding to understand who we are. Wood explores the ideological origins of the revolution's attempts to forge an American democracy, and traces the origins of American exceptionalism. What may simply seem like audacity now was considered radical in the 18th century. Today there exists what Wood calls a terrifying gap between the founders and us, such that it requires almost an act of imagination to fully recapture their era. Because we now take our democracy for granted, it is nearly impossible for us to appreciate how deeply the founders feared their grand experiment in liberty could evolve into monarchy or dissolve into mob rule. Gracefully written and filled with insight, The Idea of America helps us to recapture the fears and hopes of the revolutionary generation and its attempts to translate those ideals into a working democracy
Summary
Evaluates the American Revolution as the nation's most definitive event, presenting essays that explore the ideological origins of the war, the founders' attempt to create an American democracy, and the gap between the views of the founders and present-day citizens
Writing style
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Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
973.3
Index
no index present
LC call number
E302.1
LC item number
.W77 2011b
Literary form
non fiction
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reflections on the birth of the United States
Label
The idea of America : reflections on the birth of the United States, Gordon S. Wood
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Publication
Note
Originally published: [New York] : Penguin Press, c2011
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
Control code
5519494
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
Large print ed.
Extent
542 p.
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781611731620
Isbn Type
(library binding : alk. paper : large print)
Lccn
2011012796
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn711959781
  • (OCoLC)711959781
Label
The idea of America : reflections on the birth of the United States, Gordon S. Wood
Publication
Note
Originally published: [New York] : Penguin Press, c2011
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
Control code
5519494
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
Large print ed.
Extent
542 p.
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781611731620
Isbn Type
(library binding : alk. paper : large print)
Lccn
2011012796
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn711959781
  • (OCoLC)711959781

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