The Revolutionary Years, 1775-1789

The Revolutionary Years, 1775-1789

The Art of American Power During the Early Republic

eBook - 2011
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Univ of Nebraska
The Revolutionary Years, 17751789, reveals how the nation’s leaders asserted power during the fourteen crucial years from the Revolution’s first shots at Lexington in April 1775 to the adoption of the Constitution in 1789. The American Revolution unfolded in two phases, winning independence and then creating a more perfect union” that guaranteed representation and natural rights for all citizens. To prevail in those struggles the Founders had to tap and eventually master two powerful historic forcesnationalism and liberalism. National leadership is about mastering the dynamic among a country’s interests, power, and policies. Although military battles were relatively infrequent during the leisurely pace of eighteenth-century warfare, political battles were incessant. Those who championed the United States of America triumphed during the sweltering, seemingly endless months at Philadelphia from May to September 1787, when the delegates hammered out the Constitution. With the Constitution’s ratification, the Revolution came to a symbolic and substantive end. Ever since, Americans have debated, and at times shed blood over, just what the Founders intended and how to realize those ideals. In this fascinating book, William Nester examines how the Founders’ experience in revolution and nation-building caused them to understand leadership as an artone that ultimately became the distinctive art of American power.


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Nester, a historian specializing in early American history at St. John's University, New York, presents this discussion of the revolutionary period from 1775 to 1789. Acknowledging that the periods of constitutional debate provided the foundation for unique aspects of American political character, the work examines both battlefield victories and the wrangling, polemics and persuasion that led the founding fathers to develop a style of leadership that allowed for the implementation of effective, liberal, federal power for the first time in the modern era. The volume includes several maps and tables. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell Publishing
The Revolutionary Years, 1775-1789 reveals how the nation's leaders asserted power during the fourteen crucial years from the Revolution's first shots at Lexington in April 1775 to the adoption of the Constitution in 1789.

The American Revolution unfolded in two phases: winning independence and then creating "a more perfect union" that guaranteed representation and natural rights for all citizens. To prevail in those struggles, the Founders had to tap and eventually master two powerful historical forces: nationalism and liberalism.

National leadership is about balancing a country's interests, power, and policies. Although military battles were relatively infrequent during the leisurely pace of eighteenth-century warfare, political battles were incessant. Those who championed the United States of America triumphed during the sweltering, seemingly endless months in Philadelphia from May to September 1787, when the delegates hammered out the Constitution.

With the Constitution's ratification, the Revolution came to a symbolic and substantive end. Ever since, Americans have debated, and at times shed blood over, just what the Founders intended and how to realize those ideals. In this fascinating book, William Nester examines how the Founders' experience in revolution and nation-building caused them to understand leadership as an art, one that ultimately became the distinctive art of American power.

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Potomac Books, Ă2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781597977500
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Characteristics: 1 online resource (xv, 157 pages) : maps

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