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Young America : The Flowering of Democracy in New York City

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This study examines the meteoric rise and subsequent disintegration of a vigorous American literary-political movement in the 1840s. Calling itself 'Young America', the group found a mouthpiece in the Democratic Review, a literary magazine funded by the Democratic Party and edited by the brash and charismatic John O'Sullivan. The Review was not only a major voice in American politics, but also sponsored such writers as Nathaniel Hawthorne and Walt Whitman and greatly inflenced Herman Melville, before it and Young America faded from the national consciousness after the Mexican-American War.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 298 pages
  • 163.1 x 242.1 x 21.8mm | 646.94g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0195100506
  • 9780195100501

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Edward L. Widmer has written a winning and utterly invigorating book that rescues Young America from its own self-destruction, brilliantly restoring its standing amid the pre-eminent political and cultural developments of the ante-bellum period ... This is an exemplary study in many ways. Widmer's grasp of the subtlest currents of the era is unfailing, and it is a rare author whose skill as a stylist so complements the able orators and writers he brings to light. Mark Greif, TLS 1/10/99 constantly interesting and thoughtful * History, vol.86, no.284 *show more

About Edward L. Widmer

Edward L. Widmer has taught at Harvard University and the Rhode Island School of Design, and received fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the John Carter Brown Library, and the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research. He is currently a White House speechwriter and lives in Washington with his wife and son.show more

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