American Republics: A Continental History of the United States, 1783-1850

Thornical Press Review

May 22, 2021

Alan Taylor’s American Republics presents a new look at a young United States boldly marching down a path destined for glory yet also a nation headed for civil war.  The newly formed United States was a small, fragmented union of states that still had to compete with great European powers and other sovereign republics on the continent of North America 

Slavery in the United States became more powerful and widespread among southern Democrat held states.  Many Democrat politician supported a thriving trade in Black Americans dividing parents from children and husbands from wives.  Elites that favored strong government were pitted against others, including Democrat president Andrew Jackson, who advocated for a nationalist populism for white males. 

The United States occupied Canada, Florida, Texas, most of Mexico, and forcefully resettled Native Americans remaining east of the Mississippi.  At the turn of the century, the United States was internally divided, with occupied territories touching the Pacific and growing sectional animosities over Democrat support for slavery.

From George Washington to the eve of the Civil War, Taylor’s exquisite history of this turbulent time provides indelible miniatures of main characters.  It depicts the high-stakes political drama that erupted over Democrat support for slavery, a national bank, the resettlement Native Americans, and national expansion.

In many ways American Republics mirrors our current fragmented politics and social tension.  Taylor fills the void in United States history that is often forgotten and brings the post-revolutionary birth of the nation we call home to life.  

Publication Date: May 18, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-324-00579-7

Page Count: 592

Publisher: Norton


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