Unit 5: Optional Readings


Economic Change

  • Christopher Clark, "Rural America and the Transition to Capitalism," Journal of the Early Republic Vol. 16. no. 2 (Summer, 1996), pp. 223-236. [LINK]
  • Jonathan Prude, “Capitalism, Industrialization, and the Factory in Post-Revolutionary America,” Journal of the Early Republic 16 (Summer 1996), pp. 237-255. [PDF]
  • Donna J. Rilling, "Liberty is Innovation: Sources of Energy and Enterprise," OAH Magazine of History (May 2005), 12-15. [PDF]
  • Sean Wilentz, “Metropolitan Industrialization,” reprinted from Major Problems in the Early Republic 1787-1848 (Lexington, MA: 1992), 220-227. [PDF]
  • Barbara Tucker, "Liberty is Exploitation: The Force of Tradition in Early Manufacturing," OAH Magazine of History (May 2005), 21-240. [PDF]
  • Interview with George Selgin regarding free banking. [LINK]
  • Murray Rothbard, A History of Money and Banking in the United States from the Colonial Era to World War II (2002). [LINK]

Democratization & the Common Man

  • Alexander Keyssar, "Backsliding and Sideslipping," in The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States (New York: Basic Books, 2000), 53-76. [PDF]
  • John William Ward, "The Age of the Common Man," in The Reconstruction of American History, ed. John Higham (Harper, 1962), pp. 82-97. [PDF]
  • Edward Pessen, "The Egalitarian Myth and the American Social Reality: Wealth, Mobility, and Equality in the 'Era of the Common Man,'" AHR Vol. 76, No. 4 (Oct., 1971), pp. 989-1034. [LINK]
  • "Symposium on Class in the Early Republic," Journal of the Early Republic Vol. 25 No. 2 (Winter 2005). [LINK]
  • Alexander Saxton, "Blackface Minstrelsy and Jacksonian Ideology," American Quarterly Vol. 27, No. 1 (Mar., 1975), pp. 3-28. [LINK]
  • John Dorr, "Address to the People of Rhode Island" 1834. [LINK]
  • James Fenimore Cooper, selections from The American Democrat: A Treatise on Jacksonian Democracy, 1838  [Link]

Jackson, The Democracy & the Whigs

  • Richard Hofstadter, "Andrew Jackson and the Rise of Liberal Capitalism," in The American Political Tradition (Vintage, 1948), pp. 57-85. [PDF]
  • Daniel Walker Howe, "The Ages of Jackson," Claremont Review of Books (Spring 2009), 51-55. [PDF]
  • Daniel Walker Howe, "The Whigs and Their Age," in What Hath God Wrought (New York: Oxford, 2007), 570-612. [PDF]
  • Alex Kingsbury, "William Henry Harrison, Martin Van Buren, and the Birth of the Modern Political Campaign," US News and World Report (January 17, 2008.) [LINK]