American Republics: A Continental History of the United States, 1783-1850


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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.4 X 8.9 X 1.9 inches | 1.9 pounds

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About the Author

Alan Taylor has twice won the Pulitzer Prize in History, most recently for The Internal Enemy, also a National Book Award finalist. He is the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Professor of History at University of Virginia, and lives in Charlottesville.


A tour de force rich in fascinating and diverse characters, strong Native nations, contested borders, historical ironies, and paths almost taken.--Kathleen DuVal, author of Independence Lost
Alan Taylor's unparalleled storytelling abilities are on full display in this brilliant narrative history revealing the essential fragility of the early American republic.--Amy S. Greenberg, author of Lady First
Alan Taylor has--once again--given us a new understanding of a critical era in the history of the United States.--Edward L. Ayers, author of The Thin Light of Freedom
Enthralling...Taylor brings to the table a lifetime of history learning and a rare ability to focus our attention on the things from the past that really matter.--Andrés Reséndez, author of The Other Slavery
American Republics sweeps away rosy accounts of the rise of the United States. It is a searing history that exposes how white supremacy disfigured U.S. politics, underwrote westward expansion, and remade the lives of North America's diverse peoples. Incisive and powerful, it leaves a lasting impression.--Claudio Saunt, author of Unworthy Republic
American Republics is a masterpiece. Taylor's stories, revealing collisions between principles on the one hand and greed, violence, racism, and transnational entanglement on the other, resonate eerily across time. This book's coherence, wisdom, and eloquence leave me inspired. But its unflinching narrative leaves me rattled to the core.--Elizabeth Fenn, author of Encounters at the Heart of the World
This elegantly written and thoughtfully argued study shows how rickety and explosive the American project was from the start.-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
A history that speaks directly to the racial concerns of twenty-first-century Americans.-- "Booklist (starred review)"
From one of America's greatest historians, American Republics is an engrossing introduction to the fragile, exclusionary epoch when the United States went transcontinental.--Brian DeLay, author of War of a Thousand Deserts
His subjects--events, wars, laws, treaties--will be familiar to those who paid attention in their American history courses, but Taylor presents them in fresh, thought-provoking ways....A fine new look at a critical period of American history.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
This insightful and engaging survey is essential reading for scholars as well as casual readers of history.-- "Library Journal"
Stimulating....Many histories of this important interregnum period have been written, but none emphasizes the fragility of the American experiment as strongly as Taylor's book does. American Republics succeeds admirably.--David S. Reynolds "New York Times Book Review"
A beautifully crafted narrative...penetrating and provocative....American Republics provides readers (including professional historians) new ways of looking at seemingly familiar events.--Glenn C. Altschuler "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette"
A whirlwind of a narrative that seems presciently suited for our own unsettled hour.--Kevin Duchschere "Minneapolis Star Tribune"
Sweeping, beautifully written, prodigiously researched, and myth-busting....Anyone interested in American history will appreciate this richly rewarding book.--Roger Bishop "BookPage"
Diligently researched, engagingly written and refreshingly framed, American Republics is an unflinching historical work that shows how far we've come toward achieving the ideals in the Declaration--and the deep roots of the opposition to those ideals.--Colin Woodard "Washington Post"
American Republics is a worthy and apt continuation of Taylor's excellent continental history of the United States. As one has come to expect from Taylor, his prose is excellent and his ability to weave together storytelling and scholarship is truly commendable.--Daniel N. Gullotta "New Criterion"