The Growth and Collapse of One American Nation: The Early Republic 1790 - 1861

Donald J. Fraser (Author) Dotti Albertine (Designed by)


Our identity as one nation is fragile today, much as it was when the Civil War erupted in 1861. Lincoln, in closing his first inaugural address, warned: "We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies." But too often in our time, we view those we disagree with as enemies, as members of a different nation.

That was the challenge our ancestors faced too, and they allowed their differences to devolve into a civil war. Perhaps that struggle was inevitable, since the overriding moral issue of their time, slavery, had to be eliminated. Today, we continue to face the problems of our heritage, especially racial prejudice, born out of historical experience. Perhaps lessons can be learned from history that will help in finding ways to work together for the common good.

This second volume in the American Nation series focuses on the common bonds that brought the country together during the Early Republic, including the importance of liberty and equality, the gradual growth of democracy, and those shared experiences that helped to build nationhood. It also confronts the issue of slavery, which nearly destroyed the nation. Our ancestors faced the question: Who can be an American? It is an issue with which we continue to struggle, in a diverse nation built on a creedal concept of America.

The Growth and Collapse of One American Nation covers the history of the Early Republic from 1790 to 1861. It also includes biographies of the men who made that history, including the Founding Fathers and the second and third generation of American leaders, men like Henry Clay, John C. Calhoun, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, and Frederick Douglass.

Product Details

Fraser & Associates
Publish Date
January 15, 2020
5.98 X 1.46 X 9.02 inches | 2.11 pounds

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About the Author

Donald J. Fraser has spent a lifetime working in a variety of capacities in government. This includes direct experience in the management of local government organizations and specialized assistance as a consultant. These experiences give him a unique and realistic perspective about actual public sector decision-making, a perspective sometimes missing from scholarly works. Fraser holds a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in public policy and administration. This academic background, combined with his lifelong interest in and study of American history and politics, has given him the perspective necessary to write a book on the founding of the United States. The Growth and Collapse of One American Nation is his second book.