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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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Conflict and Civil Establishments 1783–1793

Conflict and Civil Establishments 1783–1793

(p.47) 2 Conflict and Civil Establishments 1783–1793
Columbia Rising

John L. Brooke

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes the new civil landscape taking shape as Martin Van Buren and Hannah Goes entered early childhood in the mid-1780s. The public face of their upper Hudson world was changing in fundamental ways, literally leading the state into Alexis de Tocqueville's America. This new civil landscape was layered onto and competing with previous civil landscapes, and in that uneasy competition, forging a synthesis of privileged centers that would command consent in the new age. Where the Revolution had raised up a militant popular politics against the old oligarchic order, both of these would have to establish a relationship with a new culture of bourgeois improvement. From the end of the war into the 1790s, these three civil paradigms would spar and chaff with one another before a clear new synthesis of civil authority, a revolutionary settlement, emerged.

Keywords:   new civil landscape, Martin Van Buren, Hannah Goes, Alexis de Tocqueville, Revolution, militant popular politics

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