Harry Cushing , 4 vols . ( New York : Octagon Books , 1968 ) , 4 : 305 ; Paine , “ Rights of Man , Part II , ” 1 : 369 . 143. Webster , Fugitiv Writings , 55 , 72 . 144. Fisher Ames , “ The Republican XI ” ( 1804 ) ...
Author: Kimberly K. Smith
In this work of historically informed political theory, Kimberly Smith sets out to understand how nineteenth-century Americans answered the question of how the people should participate in politics. Did rational public debate, the ideal that most democratic theorists now venerate, transcend all other forms of political expression? How and why did passion disappear from the ideology (if not the practice) of American democracy? To answer these questions, she focuses on the political culture of the urban North during the turbulent Jacksonian Age, roughly 1830-50, when the shape and character of the democratic public were still fluid. Smith's method is to interpret, in light of such popular discourse as newspapers and novels, several key texts in nineteenth-century American political thought: Frederick Douglass's Fourth of July speech and Narrative, Angelina Grimke's debate with Catharine Beecher, Frances Wright's lectures, and Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin. Such texts, Smith finds, highlight many of the then-current ideas about the extremes of political expression. Her readings support the conclusions that the value of rational argument itself was contested, that the emergent Enlightenment rationalism may have helped to sterilize political debate, and that storytelling or testimony posed an important challenge to the norm of political rationality. Smith explores facets of the political culture in ways that make sense of traditions from Whiggish resistance to Protestant narrative testimony. She helps us to understand such puzzles as the point of mob action and other ritualistic disruptions of the political process, our simultaneous attraction to and suspicion of political debates, and the appeal of stories by and about victims of injustice. Also found in her book are keen analyses of the antebellum press and the importance of oratory and public speaking. Smith shows that alternatives to reasoned deliberation—like protest, resistance, and storytelling—have a place in politics. Such alternatives underscore the positive role that interest, passion, compassion, and even violence might play in the political life of America. Her book, therefore, is a cautionary analysis of how rationality came to dominate our thinking about politics and why its hegemony should concern us. Ultimately Smith reminds the reader that democracy and reasoned public debate are not synonymous and that the linkage is not necessarily a good thing.
108. Ames to Christopher Gore , March 26 , 1794 , Ames , Works of Fisher Ames , I , 140 . 109. John Adams to Abigail Adams , April 19 , 1794 , Adams , Letters of John Adams to His Wife , II , 157 . 110. Sedgwick to E. Williams , March 6 ...
Author: Jerald A. Combs
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Category: Political Science
This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press’s mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1970.
“zeal and ardor . . . whirlwind”: Fisher Ames, “Laocoon,” No. 1, Boston Gazette, April 1799, in Works of Fisher Ames, ed. Ames, 2:112–13. “did not mingle . . .”: Samuel Goodrich, Recollections, 1:237, in Fischer, Revolution of American ...
Author: Susan Dunn
An “excellent” history of the tumultuous early years of American government, and a constitutional crisis sparked by the Electoral College (Booklist). In the election of 1800, Federalist incumbent John Adams, and the elitism he represented, faced Republican Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson defeated Adams but, through a quirk in Electoral College balloting, tied with his own running mate, Aaron Burr. A constitutional crisis ensued. Congress was supposed to resolve the tie, but would the Federalists hand over power peacefully to their political enemies, to Jefferson and his Republicans? For weeks on end, nothing was certain. The Federalists delayed and plotted, while Republicans threatened to take up arms. In a way no previous historian has done, Susan Dunn illuminates this watershed moment in American history. She captures its great drama, gives us fresh, finely drawn portraits of the founding fathers, and brilliantly parses the enduring significance of the crisis. The year 1800 marked the end of Federalist elitism, pointed the way to peaceful power shifts, cleared a place for states’ rights in the political landscape—and set the stage for the Civil War. “Dunn, a scholar of eighteenth-century American history, has provided a valuable reminder of an election in which the stakes were truly enormous and the political vituperation was far more poisonous than the relatively moderate attacks heard today. . . . An excellent work that effectively explains this critical contest that shaped the history of the new republic.” —Booklist “Dunn does a superb job of recounting the campaign, its cast of characters, and the election’s bizarre conclusion in Congress. That tense standoff could have plunged the country into a disastrous armed conflict, Dunn explains, but instead cemented the legitimacy of peaceful, if not smooth, transfers of power.” —Publishers Weekly “Dunn simultaneously teaches and enthralls with her eloquent, five-sensed descriptions of the people and places that shaped our democracy.” —Entertainment Weekly
the spirit, and cleared the filmy eyes, of the many,” affirmed Fisher Ames. ... early fall of 1799, Adams and the high Federalists in * Fisher Ames to Timothy Pickering, July 1o, 1798: Seth Ames, ed., The Works of Fisher Ames, 2 vols.
Author: John R. Howe
Publisher: Princeton University Press
The quality of the American character, the structure of American society, and the meaning of America's historical experience all had important implications for John Adams’ political thought. Professor Howe explores the relationships that developed between the satisfactions of Adam’s life and Adams’ outlook on American society. He concludes that as Adams’ understanding of the American character and its values changed, so did his evaluation of American society and its political problems. Originally published in 1966. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.
From Fisher Ames's essay entitled “ Laocoon , No. 1 , ” first published in the Boston Gazette , April 1799 , and reprinted in the Works of Fisher Ames , compiled by a number of his friends ( Boston , 1809 ) , pp . 96-97 .
Author: William Lloyd Garrison
Publisher: Harvard University Press
This volume covers the five-year period in which Garrison's three sons were born and he entered the arena of social reform with full force.
8 66 6 Seth Ames , Works of Fisher Ames . . . 2 : 146-148 , 192 , Boston , 1854. The quotation It is an empire ... " is on p . 147. See also Ames ' letter to Thomas Dwight , December 7 , 1801 ; ibid . , 297 .
Fisher Ames, “American Literature,” Seth Ames, ed., Works of Fisher Ames, 2 vols. (Boston: Little, Brown, 1854), 2:439–40. . Richard Buel, Jr., Securing the Revolution: Ideology in American Politics, 1789–1815 (Ithaca: Cornell ...
Author: Gordon S. Wood
Publisher: Penguin Books
Category: Biography & Autobiography
An analysis of America's founding leaders identifies the qualities that enabled them to make pivotal contributions to the country's formation, discussing how their vision of a national meritocracy was shaped by beliefs about character and leadership.
Henry Ca bot Lodge (New York: Putnam's, 1903), 10:340; [Fisher Ames], “Laocoon. No. 1,” in Works, 2:113. 42. Thomas Truxtun to John Adams, December 5, 1804, quoted in Fischer, American Conservatism, 133—34. 43.
Author: Richard M. Zinman
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Category: Social Science
Whether intellectuals are counter-cultural escapists corrupting the young or secular prophets leading us to prosperity, they are a fixture of modern political life. In The Public Intellectual: Between Philosophy and Politics, Arthur M. Melzer, Jerry Weinberger, and M. Richard Zinman bring together a wide variety of noted scholars to discuss the characteristics, nature, and role of public thinkers. By looking at scholarly life in the West, this work explores the relationship between thought and action, ideas and events, reason and history.
American Principles ; a Review of the Works of Fisher Ames . 8vo . Boston . 1809 . 2 Adams , J. Defence of the Constitutions of Government of U. S. A. 3 vols . 8vo . London . 1787 . Adams , J. Discourses on Davila . 8vo . Boston .
Author: Robert M. S. McDonaldPublish On: 2016-08-29
[Fisher Ames], “The Republican VI,” Boston Gazette, 13 August 1804, reprinted from the Repertory (Boston), in Allen, ed., Works of Fisher Ames, 2:331; Theodore Sedgwick to Alexander Hamilton, 10 January 1801, AHP, 25:311; Peterson, ...
Author: Robert M. S. McDonald
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
Of all the founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson stood out as the most controversial and confounding. Loved and hated, revered and reviled, during his lifetime he served as a lightning rod for dispute. Few major figures in American history provoked such a polarization of public opinion. One supporter described him as the possessor of "an enlightened mind and superior wisdom; the adorer of our God; the patriot of his country; and the friend and benefactor of the whole human race." Martha Washington, however, considered Jefferson "one of the most detestable of mankind"--and she was not alone. While Jefferson’s supporters organized festivals in his honor where they praised him in speeches and songs, his detractors portrayed him as a dilettante and demagogue, double-faced and dangerously radical, an atheist and "Anti-Christ" hostile to Christianity. Characterizing his beliefs as un-American, they tarred him with the extremism of the French Revolution. Yet his allies cheered his contributions to the American Revolution, unmasking him as the now formerly anonymous author of the words that had helped to define America in the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson, meanwhile, anxiously monitored the development of his image. As president he even clipped expressions of praise and scorn from newspapers, pasting them in his personal scrapbooks. In this fascinating new book, historian Robert M. S. McDonald explores how Jefferson, a man with a manner so mild some described it as meek, emerged as such a divisive figure. Bridging the gap between high politics and popular opinion, Confounding Father exposes how Jefferson’s bifurcated image took shape both as a product of his own creation and in response to factors beyond his control. McDonald tells a gripping, sometimes poignant story of disagreements over issues and ideology as well as contested conceptions of the rules of politics. In the first fifty years of independence, Americans’ views of Jefferson revealed much about their conflicting views of the purpose and promise of America. Jeffersonian America