Inheriting the revolution : the first generation of Americans

Joyce Appleby

Born after the Revolution, the first generation of Americans inherited a truly new world - and, with it, the task of working out terms of independence. Anyone who started a business, marketed a new invention, ran for office, formed an association, or wrote for publication was helping to fashion the world's first liberal society. These are the people we encounter in this book, a vibrant tapestry of the lives, callings, decisions, desires, and reflections of those Americans who turned the new abstractions of democracy, the nation, and the free enterprise into contested realities. Through data gathered on thousands of people, as well as hundreds of memoirs an autobiographies, the author tells myriad intersecting stories of how Americans born between 1776 and 1830 reinvented themselves and their society in politics, economics, reform, religion, and culture. They also had to grapple with the new distinction of free and slave labour, with all its divisive social entailments; the rout of Enlightenment rationality by the warm passions of religious awakening; the explosion of small business opportunities for young people eager to break out of their parents' colonial cocoon. Few in the nation escaped the transforming intrusiveness of these changes. Working these experiences into a vivid picture of American cultural renovation, the author accounts how the first generation established its own culture, its own nation, its own identity. The passage of social responsibility from one generation to another is always a fascinating interplay of the inherited and the novel; this book shows how, in the early 19th century, the very idea of generations resonated with new meaning in the United States.

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書名 Inheriting the revolution : the first generation of Americans
著作者等 Appleby, Joyce Oldham
Appleby Joyce
出版元 Belknap Press of Harvard University Press
刊行年月 c2000
版表示 New ed
ページ数 viii, 322 p.
大きさ 25 cm
ISBN 0674006631
NCID BA47493426
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国