The rise of american democracy jefferson to lincoln sean wilentz on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers winner of the bancroft award monumentala tour de forceawesome in its coverage of political events gordon wood. Sean wilentz on american democracy in the rise of american democracy 2005 sean wilentz has written a sweeping study of pre civil war united states his study explores the long standing tensions in early america which led to the civil war and it emphasizes the nature and fragility of democratic government. A grand political history in a fresh new style of how the elitist young american republic became a rough and tumble democracy in this magisterial work sean wilentz traces a historical arc from the earliest days of the republic to the opening shots of the civil war one of our finest writers of history wilentz brings to life the era after the american revolution when the idea of democracy . The rise of american democracy jefferson to lincoln by sean wilentz w w norton the nation october 31 2005 undoubtedly the most celebrated and influential account of american life by a foreign observer is democracy in america written by alexis de tocqueville after his visit to the united states in the 1830s. The rise of american democracy jefferson to lincoln by sean wilentz although it had democratic elements the american republic founded in the 18th century was not a democracy it only became one argues wilentz history princeton u through constant political conflict and struggle over the meaning of democracy itself
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