American Politics in the Early Republic: The New Nation in Crisis

Front Cover
Yale University Press, 1993 - History - 365 pages
3 Reviews
During the years from 1789 to 1801, the republican political institutions forged by the American Constitution were put to the test. A new nation - born in revolution, divided over the nature of republicanism, undermined by deep-seated sectional allegiances, and mired in foreign policy entanglements - faced the challenge of creating a stable, enduring national authority and union. In this engagingly written book, James Roger Sharp offers a penetrating new assessment disputing the conventional wisdom that the birth of the country was a relatively painless and unexceptional one. Instead, he tells the dramatic story of how the euphoria surrounding the inauguration of George Washington as the country's first president quickly soured. Soon, the Federalist defenders of the administration and their Republican critics regarded each other as bitter political enemies. The intense partisanship prevented the acceptance of the idea that an opposition could both oppose and be loyal to the government. As a result, the nation teetered on the brink of disintegration as fear, insurrection, and threats of secession abounded. Many even envisioned armed civil conflict as a possible outcome. Despite the polarization the nation did manage to survive its first trial. The election of Thomas Jefferson in 1801 and the nonviolent transfer of power from one political group to another ended the immediate crisis. But sectionally based politics continued to plague the nation and eventually led to the Civil War.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

Review: American Politics in the Early Republic: The New Nation in Crisis

User Review  - Karen - Goodreads

A well-written overview of the period, and very useful/informative. Author lacks in analysis and argumentation, so there's not too much to pick apart. If I had been Washington, I would have killed my cabinet! Read full review

Review: American Politics in the Early Republic: The New Nation in Crisis

User Review  - Mark - Goodreads

A well-written study of how sectionalism drove the formation of what we call the 1st Party System due to differing views of the American future and different views of the public good. At the same time ... Read full review

Related books

Contents

George Washington and the New Nation
17
The French Revolution and the Awakening of
69
Threats to the Union
92
The Jay Treaty
113
The Election of 1796
138
The War Crisis and the Alien and Sedition Acts
163
Fears of Armed Conflict
208
The Election of 18oo
226
The Crisis of 1801
250
Epilogue
276
Notes
289
Bibliography
337
Index
349
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

References from web pages

JSTOR: American Politics in the Early Republic: The New Nation in ...
American Politics in the Early Republic: The New Nation in Crisis. By James Roger Sharp. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1993. Pp. x, 365. $30.00. ...
links.jstor.org/ sici?sici=0275-1275(199423)14%3A3%3C409%3AAPITER%3E2.0.CO%3B2-9

Early American Republic: The Forging of a New Nation - All Empires
[8] James Sharp, American Politics in the Early Republic: The New Nation in Crisis (Chelsea, MI: bookcrafters Inc., 1993), 24. ...
www.allempires.com/ article/ index.php?q=Early_American_Republic_The_Forging_of_a_New

Historian, The: American Politics in the Early Republic: The New ...
American Politics in the Early Republic: The New Nation in Crisis. (book reviews). Taylor, Alan. James Roger Sharp begins with the promise to restore our ...
findarticles.com/ p/ articles/ mi_hb3498/ is_199409/ ai_n8290819/ print

H-Net Review: Jason Duncan <jason-duncan@uiowa.edu> on Parades and ...
dot. Search Reviews Advanced Search · Reviews Home · Subscribe to H-Review · Info. for Publishers · Review Guidelines · Review Standards ...
www.h-net.org/ reviews/ showrev.cgi?path=3931889816729

| Review | The William and Mary Quarterly, 58.2 | The History ...
... American Politics in the Early Republic: The New Nation in Crisis (New Haven, 1993), on the decade's acid politics, have come to constitute its base. ...
www.historycooperative.org/ journals/ wm/ 58.2/ br_8.html

Thomas P. (Thomas Paul) Slaughter - The Realistic Revolution ...
Stanley Elkins and Eric mckitrick, The Age of Federalism (1993); James Roger Sharp, American Politics in the Early Republic: The New Nation in Crisis (1993) ...
muse.jhu.edu/ journals/ reviews_in_american_history/ v032/ 32.1slaughter.html

History Now. The Historians Perspective
... and Eric mckitrick, The Age of Federalism (1993); and James Roger Sharp, American Politics in the Early Republic: The New Nation in Crisis (1993). ...
www.historynow.org/ 09_2004/ historian4.html

Bibliography - John Jay
Sharp, James R. American politics in the early republic: The new nation in crisis. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1993. The Early Supreme Court ...
www.columbia.edu/ cu/ lweb/ digital/ jay/ bibliography.html

The Election of 1800: Teaching about a Critical Moment in the ...
Sharp, James Roger. AMERICAN POLITICS IN THE EARLY REPUBLIC: THE NEW NATION IN CRISIS. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1993. Overture, Search the Web. ...
www.ericdigests.org/ 2000-2/ 1800.htm

War and Diplomacy in the Atlantic World
American Politics in the Early Republic: The New Nation in Crisis. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1993. Shy, John. A People Numerous and Armed: ...
www.americanforeignrelations.com/ Tr-Wa/ War-and-Diplomacy-in-the-Atlantic-World.html

About the author (1993)

JAMES ROGER SHARP is Professor of History and former department chair at Syracuse University.

Bibliographic information