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The Age of Federalism

Stanley Elkins and Eric McKitrick

Published in print March 1995 | ISBN: 9780195093810
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854127 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195093810.001.0001
The Age of Federalism

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When Thomas Jefferson took the oath of office for the presidency in 1801, America had just passed through twelve critical years, dominated by some of the towering figures of our history and by the challenge of having to do everything for the first time. George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Adams, and Jefferson himself each had a share in shaping that remarkable era. This book provides an analytical survey of this extraordinary period. Ranging over the widest variety of concerns—political, cultural, economic, diplomatic, and military—it provides a sweeping historical account of the problems the new nation faced as well as the particular individuals who tried to solve them. As it moves through the Federalist era, the book draws character sketches not only of the great figures—Washington and Jefferson, Talleyrand and Napoleon Bonaparte—but also of lesser ones, such as George Hammond, Britain's frustrated minister to the United States, James McHenry, Adams's hapless Secretary of War, the pre-Chief Justice version of John Marshall, and others.

Keywords: Thomas Jefferson; federalism; George Washington; Alexander Hamilton; James Madison; John Adams; Talleyrand; Napoleon Bonaparte; George Hammond; James McHenry

Book.  936 pages. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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Legitimacy in The Age of Federalism

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Finance and Ideology in The Age of Federalism

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The Republic's Capital City in The Age of Federalism

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Jefferson as Secretary of State in The Age of Federalism

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The French Revolution in America in The Age of Federalism

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America and Great Britain in The Age of Federalism

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