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Columbia RisingCivil Life on the Upper Hudson from the Revolution to the Age of Jackson$
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John L. Brooke

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780807833230

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807838877_Brooke

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Prologue Consent and Civil society in the age of revolution

Prologue Consent and Civil society in the age of revolution

(p.1) Prologue Consent and Civil society in the age of revolution
Columbia Rising

John L. Brooke

University of North Carolina Press

This book begins by describing the decades between Stoddard and Webster's first Gazette in 1785 and Tocqueville's upriver passage in 1831, which marked the opening cycle of the evolving American revolutionary settlement, when both the ideals of Price's political consent and the institutions of Tocqueville's civil society became contested grounds in American public life. This study explores this story and its powerful contradictions from the Revolution to the age of Jackson in one American county, a county aptly named for Columbia, the mythic figure representing the past and the promise of this New World republic. The launching of the new Gazette and Tocqueville's passage upriver were benchmarks in this county's history, bracketing the rise of a notable American politician who formatively influenced an American understanding of consent and civil society.

Keywords:   Stoddard, Webster, Gazette, Tocqueville, American revolutionary settlement, political consent, civil society

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