Early American Republic History
This is a friendly group of people interested in reading great books about the American Early Republic Period c.1789 to 1848. It is intended to cover general surveys of the period and significant issues and events within the American Early Republic Era.
Please Read Suggestions on how to Meaningfully and Constructively Participate in our History Reading Groups
Thank you for your interest.
OUR CURRENT BOOK AND READING
- What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 by Daniel Walker Howe
- We will be reading Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocquevilleand American Notes by Charles Dickens while reading this book. Some portions we will read as supplemental material for a chapter in What Hath God Wrought, other portions will be the primary focus for the week, relating the information Dickens and de Tocqueville provide to the themes in What Hath God Wrought. I hope you find this an interesting way to enjoy our reading.
- Our Facebook Discussion Page – Check here for weekly readings
- Book Review of “What Hath God Wrought” by The New Yorker
- Video: The Age of Jacksonian Democracy: Co- Keynote Remarks Daniel Walker Howe
- Dr. Daniel Walker Howe – The Communications Revolution in 19th-Century America and Its Consequences
- Dickens’s American Notes – The Atlantic
- When Charles Dickens fell out with America – BBC History
- The Mystery of Charles Dickens – NYTimes Review of Books
READING TABLES OF CONTENTS
What Hath God Wrought
Democracy In America
- Gordon S. Wood Lecture on the Empire of Liberty at University of Richmond
- On the Make: Gordon Wood’s Jeffersonia – Empire of Liberty by Gordon S. Wood- The Nation
- Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815 – The National Review
- The Current Week – Early American History Facebook Discussion Page
- We will post a new message above for the current week’s chapter, along with Primary Sources and and other useful information. Please read the suggestions here about how to participate!
- Gordon S. Wood Faculty Page at Brown University
- The Writing Life by Gordon S. Wood (Washington Post Article)
- Where Have You Gone, Gordon Wood? (The Junto)
- Question And Answer Interview With Gordon S. Wood (Journal of the American Revolution)