A captivating and lucid narrative of America's revolutionary generation, Jefferson's America takes the reader from the earliest rumblings of colonial dissent, through the crises of revolution and nation-making, to the heroic drama of the War of 1812. Risjord deftly weaves together strands of biography and social history with military and political history to depict the rich fabric of the young republic. The third edition reflects new research on a number of topics; including the role of women in the resistance to British measures; the impact of the Revolution on blacks, both slave and free; and the lot of the common soldier during the same period.
Norman K. Risjord is professor emeritus of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was a prize-winning teacher for more than three decades. He is the author of thirteen books on American history, including a biography of Thomas Jefferson.
Preface Prelude: The American Landscape in 1760 Chapter 1: The Atlantic Trading Community Chapter 2: The Atlantic Cultural Community Chapter 3: The Imperial Challenge, 1763-1770 Chapter 4: The Road to Revolution, 1770-1774 Chapter 5: Struggle for Independence, 1775-1778 Chapter 6: A Nation Born Chapter 7: The Revolution at Home Chapter 8: A Time of Trial Chapter 9: From Many, One Chapter 10: The New Nation Chapter 11: Launching the Ship of State, 1789-1794 Chapter 12: Fall of the Federalists, 1794-1800 Chapter 13: The Search for National Identity Chapter 14: Jeffersonian Liberalism Chapter 15: Jeffersonian Nationalism Chapter 16: The Road to War, 1805-1812 Chapter 17: "Mr. Madison's War" Suggested Readings