New PDF release: Affairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic

ISBN-10: 0300088779

ISBN-13: 9780300088779

ISBN-10: 0300097557

ISBN-13: 9780300097559

In this striking ebook, Joanne Freeman deals a tremendous reassessment of political tradition within the early years of the yankee republic. via exploring either the general public activities and personal papers of key figures corresponding to Thomas Jefferson, Aaron Burr, and Alexander Hamilton, Freeman unearths an alien and profoundly risky political global grounded at the code of honor. within the absence of a celebration method and with few examples to lead America’s test in republican governance, the rituals and rhetoric of honor supplied floor principles for political wrestle. Gossip, print battle, and dueling have been instruments used to jostle for prestige and shape alliances in an another way unstructured political realm. those political guns have been all deployed within the tumultuous presidential election of 1800?an occasion that almost toppled the hot republic.

By illuminating this tradition of honor, Freeman deals new understandings of a few of the main complicated occasions of early American historical past, together with the infamous duel among Burr and Hamilton. a huge reconsideration of early American politics, Affairs of Honor offers a profoundly human examine the anxieties and political realities of leaders suffering to outline themselves and their function within the new nation.

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