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By John Lauritz Larson

ISBN-10: 0807825956

ISBN-13: 9780807825952

ISBN-10: 0807875643

ISBN-13: 9780807875643

While the folk of British North the USA threw off their colonial bonds, they sought greater than freedom from undesirable govt: lots of the founding iteration additionally wanted the liberty to create and luxuriate in stable, renowned, responsive executive. This e-book strains the valuable factor on which early americans pinned their hopes for confident executive action--internal development. The nation's early republican governments undertook quite a lot of inner development initiatives intended to guarantee american citizens' safety, prosperity, and enlightenment--from the development of roads, canals, and bridges to the institution of universities and libraries. yet aggressive struggles ultimately undermined the interstate and interregional cooperation required, and the general public soured at the inner development circulation. Jacksonian politicians seized this chance to advertise a extra libertarian political philosophy as opposed to activist, optimistic republicanism. by way of the 1850s, the USA had became towards a laissez-faire method of coverage that, paradoxically, assured extra freedom for capitalists and marketers than ever estimated within the founders' progressive republicanism.

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Such engineers as could be found assured Washington and his friends that all technical problems could be solved. The objective was compelling, and the estimates by ‘‘experts’’ were encouraging; only human folly seemed to stand in the way. His prescription for national health? Ω Because the Potomac formed the boundary between Maryland and Virginia, both states had to sanction improvements. But Baltimore merchants schemed to block the project in favor of a Susquehannah Canal chartered in Maryland in 1783, while Virginians outside the Potomac Valley showed a maddening indi√erence to the general’s grand design.

Designs of the monied gentry 11 His Continental Army had su√ered scandalously at the hands of the people; just then Congress sat in exile in Princeton, driven out of Philadelphia by angry unpaid soldiers. Great possibilities—or anarchy—lay ahead. Washington’s phrase resonated with the urgency and apprehension that filled the atmosphere of postwar America. Like revolutionaries everywhere, Washington cherished a vision of the rising new nation he had worked so hard to rescue from the British. His vision comprehended the existing Atlantic community, while his imagination leaped across the mountains to embrace seemingly limitless space in the continental interior.

Designs of the monied gentry 11 His Continental Army had su√ered scandalously at the hands of the people; just then Congress sat in exile in Princeton, driven out of Philadelphia by angry unpaid soldiers. Great possibilities—or anarchy—lay ahead. Washington’s phrase resonated with the urgency and apprehension that filled the atmosphere of postwar America. Like revolutionaries everywhere, Washington cherished a vision of the rising new nation he had worked so hard to rescue from the British. His vision comprehended the existing Atlantic community, while his imagination leaped across the mountains to embrace seemingly limitless space in the continental interior.

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