The A to Z of the Early American Republic recounts the achievements and the failures, the progress and the backsliding, and the high and low points of our forefathers. First traced in the chronology and then explained in the introduction, the history of our nation's formative years is laid out in great detail. The several hundred dictionary entries describe the more eminent persons, the evolving institutions, and the crucial events that our young country faced. An extensive bibliography is included to provide easy access for further studies.
Richard Buel, Jr. taught American history for forty years at Wesleyan University before retiring in 2002. For 21 years between 1970 and 1991, he was an associate editor of History and Theory, and he has published five scholarly books on revolutionary America and the early Republic.