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The New Nation   By: (1877-1948)

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In The New Nation, Frederic L. Paxson takes readers on an insightful journey into the early years of the American republic. Paxson skillfully delves into the challenges and triumphs that the United States faced during its formative years, providing a comprehensive and compelling account of this crucial period in American history.

One of the most commendable aspects of this book is Paxson's ability to present a balanced narrative. Rather than succumbing to romanticized ideals or overt criticism, he objectively discusses the strengths and weaknesses of the new nation. He offers a nuanced examination of the political, social, and economic factors that shaped the country, giving readers a deeper understanding of the complexities that influenced the decision-making process of America's leaders.

Paxson's writing style is engaging and accessible, making this historical account accessible to both avid history enthusiasts and general readers. He seamlessly weaves together various primary and secondary sources, enriching his narrative with firsthand accounts and scholarly analysis. This approach not only enhances the credibility of his arguments but also ensures that the events are relayed with historical accuracy.

One of the standout aspects of The New Nation is Paxson's meticulous attention to detail. He provides readers with a wealth of information on pivotal moments such as the ratification of the Constitution, the development of political parties, and the expansionist policies of the young nation. Additionally, Paxson focuses on the social and cultural changes taking place during this period, shedding light on the evolving dynamics of race, gender, and class. This comprehensive approach gives readers a holistic perspective on the early years of the United States.

Moreover, Paxson emphasizes the impact of key individuals on the nation's development, highlighting the contributions of influential figures like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Alexander Hamilton. By analyzing the motivations and ideologies of these founding fathers, Paxson paints a vivid picture of the ideological clashes that shaped the nation's trajectory.

While The New Nation is undoubtedly an excellent resource for anyone interested in understanding the birth of the United States, the book does have a few minor drawbacks. At times, the narrative may feel overwhelming, with an abundance of names, dates, and events introduced without sufficient context. However, this can be partially mitigated by the helpful supplemental material, such as maps and timelines, which aid in tracking the progression of events.

In conclusion, The New Nation by Frederic L. Paxson is an impressive and comprehensive account of America's early years as an independent nation. Paxson masterfully captures the spirit of the times, providing readers with a nuanced understanding of the challenges and opportunities that shaped the nation. This book is an invaluable addition to any history lover's collection, and it serves as an excellent starting point for exploring this crucial period in American history.

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[Illustration: Copyright, 1912, Moffett, Chicago

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A new nation has appeared within the United States since the Civil War, but it has been only accidentally connected with that catastrophe. The Constitution emerged from the confusion of strife and reconstruction substantially unchanged, but the economic development of the United States in the sixties and seventies gave birth to a society that was, by 1885, already national in its activities and necessities. In many ways the history of the United States since the Civil War has to do with the struggle between this national fact and the old legal system that was based upon state autonomy and federalism; and the future depends upon the discovery of a means to readjust the mechanics of government, as well as its content, to the needs of life. This book attempts to narrate the facts of the last half century and to show them in their relations to the larger truths of national development... Continue reading book >>

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