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The Long Road to Annapolis: The Founding of the Naval Academy and the Emerging American Republic

William P. Leeman


The United States established an academy for educating future army officers at West Point in 1802. Why, then, did it take this maritime nation forty-three more years to create a similar school for the navy? This book examines the origins of the United States Naval Academy and the national debate that led to its founding. Americans early on looked with suspicion upon professional military officers, fearing that a standing military establishment would become too powerful, entrenched, or dangerous to republican ideals. Tracing debates about the nature of the nation, class identity, and partisan p ... More

Keywords: West Point, navy, Naval Academy, military officers, class identity, partisan politics, education, moral progress, economic progress, social progress

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780807833834
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807895825_leeman


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William P. Leeman, author