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The Birth of Empire : DeWitt Clinton and the American Experience, 1769-1828

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DeWitt Clinton (1769-1828) was one of the nation's strongest political leaders in the first quarter of the nineteenth century, serving as mayor of New York City, governor of the state, and narrowly losing the Presidential race of 1812 to James Madison. Patrician in his sentiments, Clinton nevertheless invented new forms of party politics. His greatest achievement, the Erie Canal, hastened the economic expansion of the country, altered the political geography of the nation, set an example for activist government, and decisively secured New York City's position as America's first and foremost metropolis. This new book relates the full biography of one of the most important political figures in US history.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 234 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.52 x 17.78mm | 317.51g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • frontispiece, 11 halftones
  • 0195140516
  • 9780195140514

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Clinton deserves to be remembered, and this new biography does for him all that sound judgement and scholarship can. ... it subjects Clinton to the most up-to-date scrutiny, and for that reason is of great value. * Hugh Brogan, TLS, 30/04/99. *show more

About Evan Cornog

Evan Cornog was educated at Harvard and Columbia, and has taught American history at Columbia, LaGuardia Community College (CUNY), and Lafayette College. He also worked as Press Secretary for former Mayor Edward I. Koch of New York City. Currently, he is Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University.show more

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