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The Birth of Empire: DeWitt Clinton and the American Experience, 1769-1828 (Hardback)
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The Birth of Empire: DeWitt Clinton and the American Experience, 1769-1828 (Hardback)

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Hardback 234 Pages / Published: 11/02/1999
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DeWitt Clinton (1769-1828) was one of the nation's strongest political leaders in the first quarter of the nineteenth century, serving as mayor of New York City, governor of the state, and narrowly losing the Presidential race of 1812 to James Madison. Patrician in his sentiments, Clinton nevertheless invented new forms of party politics. His greatest achievement, the Erie Canal, hastened the economic expansion of the country, altered the political geography of the nation, set an example for activist government, and decisively secured New York City's position as America's first and foremost metropolis. This new book relates the full biography of one of the most important political figures in US history.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780195119497
Number of pages: 234
Weight: 557 g
Dimensions: 242 x 163 x 22 mm


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The book's brevity allows it to be read in a single pleasurable sitting ... Cornog has told an important story with a clarity and passion that are most welcomed * Reviews in American History, Vol.27 *
Cornog offers a palatable introduction to issues and events that are often presented in dry, convoluted accounts that hold little appeal for non-specialists * Reviews in American History, Vol.27 *
Cornog's ability to tell a vivid story is in itself an important contribution. By putting a human face on some rather complex ideological, political, and economic issues, the book offers not just a portrait of Clinton, but also a nice review of his times * Reviews in American History, Vol.27 *
Evan Cornog, in The Birth of Empire: DeWitt Clinton and the American Experience, 1769-1828, has rescued from historical obscurity one of the Early Republic's most influential public figures. In his quick-paced, engaging biography, Cornog convincingly returns Clinton - a New York politician, philanthropist, social reformer, and natural historian - to the centre stage that he occupied in his own era * Reviews in American History, Vol.27 *
Like the best biographers, Cornog developed a well-controlled affection for his subject and bequeaths it to the reader. * The Journal of American History, September 2000 *
Clinton remains one of his era's most intriguing and important politicians, and Cornog has depicted him with all his manifest charms and warts in this wonderfully revealing biography * The Historian *
Clinton deserves to be remembered, and this new biography does for him all that sound judgement and scholarship can./ ... it subjects Clinton to the most up-to-date scrutiny, and for that reason is of great value./ Hugh Brogan, TLS, 30/04/99.

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