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Albert Gallatin American Statesmen Series, Vol. XIII   By: (1827-1910)

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John Austin Stevens' Albert Gallatin, part of the American Statesmen Series, is a comprehensive and insightful biography that examines the life and contributions of one of America's lesser-known founding fathers. Stevens showcases his admirable research skills and attention to detail, providing readers with a well-rounded understanding of Albert Gallatin's multifaceted persona.

Stevens begins by painting a vivid picture of Gallatin's early life in Switzerland, his emigration to America, and his integration into American society at the time of the Revolution. As the narrative unfolds, the author expertly traces Gallatin's political trajectory, from his role in shaping the fledgling American government to his time as Secretary of the Treasury under Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.

What sets this biography apart is Stevens' ability to analyze Gallatin's political philosophy and policy decisions. The author masterfully delves into Gallatin's commitment to fiscal responsibility and his advocacy for a well-regulated banking system, shedding light on his influential role in shaping America's economic landscape. In doing so, Stevens highlights Gallatin's often-overlooked contributions to the early development of the country, proving that his legacy extends far beyond his tenure as Treasury Secretary.

Furthermore, Stevens incorporates numerous primary sources and correspondence, providing readers with direct insight into Gallatin's thoughts, concerns, and struggles. By infusing these personal anecdotes throughout the book, the author allows us to gain a deeper understanding of Gallatin's character and motivations.

While Stevens' scholarship is commendable, at times it can be overwhelming. The book's meticulous attention to detail may deter some readers looking for a more accessible and concise account of Gallatin's life. However, for those who appreciate a thorough investigation into the life of an often underappreciated figure, this biography will prove highly rewarding.

Additionally, the book could benefit from a deeper exploration of Gallatin's personal life and his relationships with his family and peers. While Stevens does mention them, these aspects often take a backseat to the political narrative. Fleshing out these personal connections would have rounded out the portrayal of Gallatin and added depth to the biography.

Overall, John Austin Stevens' Albert Gallatin is an impressive addition to the American Statesmen Series. Although it may not appeal to all readers due to its scholarly nature, those with a keen interest in American political history will find it immensely satisfying. Stevens presents a captivating, well-researched account of a man who played a significant role in shaping the early United States, ensuring that Gallatin takes his rightful place among the pantheon of American statesmen.

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AMERICAN STATESMEN

EDITED BY

JOHN T. MORSE, JR.

IN THIRTY TWO VOLUMES VOL. XIII.

THE JEFFERSONIAN DEMOCRACY

ALBERT GALLATIN

[Illustration: Albert Gallatin]

American Statesmen

STANDARD LIBRARY EDITION

[Illustration: The Home of Albert Gallatin]

HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN & CO.

American Statesmen

ALBERT GALLATIN

BY

JOHN AUSTIN STEVENS

BOSTON AND NEW YORK HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN AND COMPANY The Riverside Press, Cambridge

Copyright, 1883 and 1898, BY HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN & CO.

All rights reserved.

PREFACE

Every generation demands that history shall be rewritten. This is not alone because it requires that the work should be adapted to its own point of view, but because it is instinctively seeking those lines which connect the problems and lessons of the past with its own questions and circumstances. If it were not for the existence of lines of this kind, history might be entertaining, but would have little real value. The more numerous they are between the present and any earlier period, the more valuable is, for us, the history of that period. Such considerations establish an especial interest just at present in the life of Gallatin.

The Monroe Doctrine has recently been the pivot of American statesmanship. With that doctrine Mr. Gallatin had much to do, both as minister to France and envoy to Great Britain... Continue reading book >>




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