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Author Berkin, Carol, author
Title A Sovereign people [downloadable audiobook] : the crises of the 1790s and the birth of American nationalism / Carol Berkin
Published [New York, NY] : Basic Books, 2017
Edition Unabriged
Descript 1 online resource (1 sound file (11 hr., 15 min., 55 sec.)) : digital
Content spoken word spw
Media computer c
Carrier online resource cr
Descript digital rda
audio file rda
Performer(S) Read by Betsy Foldes Meiman
Summary How George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and John Adams navigated the nation through four major crises and caused the first stirrings of American nationalismAmericans like to believe that the Constitution miraculously brought the United States into being, as though the framers established, in one stroke, the nation we know today. Yet when George Washington delivered his First Inaugural Address on April 30, 1789, he expressed worry about the challenges that lay ahead. He was right to be concerned: the existence of the new nation was anything but secure. Without the support of the American people, after all, the Constitution was only a piece of paper.In A Sovereign People, her brilliant new political history of the 1790s, the acclaimed historian Carol Berkin argues that the young nation would not have survived absent the interventions of the Federalists, above all Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and John Adams. In power throughout the decade, they faced four successive crises of sovereignty. The Whiskey Rebellion was a domestic revolt over the right of the federal government to levy taxes. The Genet Affair saw a reckless French diplomat appeal directly to the American people, in opposition to Washington. The XYZ Affair involved foreign threats intended to draw the United States into a European war. The final crisis was self-inflicted, the result of the Federalists' desire to silence their critics in the press, in the form of the Alien and Sedition Acts.In each instance, the Federalists demonstrated the necessity of the federal government established by the Constitution, and by decade's end, the American people understood that without an "energetic government," there could be no United States. As Berkin ultimately reveals, while the Revolution freed the states and the Constitution linked them as never before, it was the Federalists who transformed them into an enduring nation
Note Online resource; title from title details screen (OverDrive, viewed November 14, 2017)
Subject Genet, Edmond Charles, 1763-1834
United States -- History -- 1783-1815
Nationalism -- United States -- History
Whiskey Rebellion, Pa., 1794
XYZ Affair, 1797-1798
Alien and Sedition laws, 1798
Kentucky and Virginia resolutions of 1798
Downloadable audiobooks
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Alt Author Meiman, Betsy Foldes, narrator,
OverDrive, Inc
ISBN 9781478920472

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