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- DescriptionIn this extraordinary book, Joanne Freeman offers a major reassessment of political culture in the early years of the American republic. By exploring both the public actions and private papers of key figures such as Thomas Jefferson, Aaron Burr, and Alexander Hamilton, Freeman reveals an alien and profoundly unstable political world grounded on the code of hor. In the absence of a party system and with few examples to guide America's experiment in republican governance, the rituals and rhetoric of hor provided ground rules for political combat. Gossip, print warfare, and dueling were tools used to jostle for status and form alliances in an otherwise unstructured political realm. These political weapons were all deployed in the tumultuous presidential election of 1800--an event that nearly toppled the new republic. By illuminating this culture of hor, Freeman offers new understandings of some of the most perplexing events of early American history, including the torious duel between Burr and Hamilton. A major reconsideration of early American politics, Affairs of Hor offers a profoundly human look at the anxieties and political realities of leaders struggling to define themselves and their role in the new nation.
- Author BiographyJoanne B. Freeman, professor of history at Yale University, is also the editor of Alexander Hamilton: Writings, published by the Library of America.
- Author(s)Joanne B. Freeman
- PublisherYale University Press
- Date of Publication02/09/2002
- SubjectRegional History
- Series TitleYale Nota Bene
- Place of PublicationNew Haven
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintYale University Press
- Content Note38 illustrations
- Weight294 g
- Width127 mm
- Height198 mm
- Spine26 mm
- Format DetailsB-format paperback
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