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Author Wood, Gordon S

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

Publ Info New York : Penguin Press, 2011
 Bryant Main Stacks  E302.1 .W77 2011    AVAILABLE
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Descript 385 pages ; 25 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references and index
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
Note 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
LC 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
Democracy -- United States
Republicanism -- United States
ISBN 9781594202902
9780143121244 (pbk.)
0143121243 (pbk.)