The Intellectual Origins of Jeffersonian Democracy

The Intellectual Origins of Jeffersonian Democracy : Republicanism, the Class Struggle, and the Virtuous Farmer

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In print here for the first time is the dissertation of Douglass G. Adair, a classic work that-despite being formally unpublished since its writing in 1943-has had a profound influence on several generations of historians of American political thought. It is a masterpiece of exploration into and analysis of the sources of American republican thought.
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  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.5 x 17.8mm | 385.56g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739101242
  • 9780739101247

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Adair drew people to him because he quickened the imagination of all those around him. You left his presence with images and ideas buzzing, feeling yourself more alive just for sharing a few minutes with him... When early Americanists decided that virtue was the principal concern of the founding generation, I realized that he had anticipated their interest, perhaps even fostered it. -- Joyce Appleby, UCLA [Adair's] dissertation was a masterpiece, and it is no doubt the most cited unpublished doctoral dissertation of all time. He was years ahead of the rest of us. -- Forrest McDonald, University of Alabama; author of We the People
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About Douglass G. Adair

Douglass G. Adair was Professor of History at the College of William and Mary and Claremont Graduate School. He was the editor of the William and Mary Quarterly in the 1940s and 1950s, during which time he led the journal to the prominence it enjoys today. Mark E. Yellin teaches at North Carolina State University. He has been a contributor to the Review of Politics and the American Political Science Review.
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Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 A Polemical Prologue Chapter 3 The Constant and Universal Principles of Human Nature Chapter 4 According to Aristotle Chapter 5 The Desperate Debtor and the Hall of Mirrors Chapter 6 The High Toned Government Chapter 7 The Extended Republic Chapter 8 The Virtuous Farmer Chapter 9 Epilogue
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