Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1970.
Hardcover. Ex-library copy. 8 1/2" X 5 3/4". xii, 233pp. Library stickers to front and rear of blue cloth over boards. Whiteout and black marker to spine. Mild shelf wear to corners and edges. Black marker to front free end paper and dedication page. Description section of dust jacket cut and pasted to front paste-down. Library ticket pocket pasted to rear paste-down. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is sound.
ABOUT THIS BOOK:
The Federalists of Jefferson's time have been described by historians as complainers and obstructionists. A very different picture evolves from this book, which the author calls "a reconsideration of American political conversation in the early national reriod." Mrs. Kerber shows that the rift between Federalists and Jeffersonians was caused by differences in ideology. The Federalists, according to the author, feared that an ordered world was disintegrating and that the sources of stability were being undermined by Jeffersonian concepts of science and education, of law and democracy, and by social arrangements founded on slavery. The book demonstrates how the political differences of the two groups were reflected in all cultural forms and issues.
By a skillful use of quotations from varied sources newspapers, letters, literary works, congressional debates Mrs. Kerber lets her protagonists speak for themselves. The work has current significance because Federalist beliefs emphasized the rrecariousness of popular democracy and the difficulty of maintaining a stable social order-both widespread concerns of Americans today.(Publisher). Good. Item #6702