American Aurora: A Democratic-Republican Returns. The Suppressed History of Our Nation's Beginnings and the Heroic Newspaper That Tried to Report It
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American Aurora: A Democratic-Republican Returns. The Suppressed History of Our Nation's Beginnings and the Heroic Newspaper That Tried to Report It

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  55 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Richard Rosenfeld's dramatic epic traces the incendiary history of the young American nation in the 1790s, and chronicles the birth and near-death of civil liberties in that turbulent decade via the story of a Philadelphia newspaper, the Aurora. The story of this newspaper, Rosenfeld argues, is the story of young America.

Rosenfeld has chosen as his heroes its two young ed...more
Paperback, First paperback edition, 1012 pages
Published May 1997 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published April 1st 1997)
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Mark Foskey
American Aurora is a tendentious, excellent book. If you don't pay close attention to history it's possible to imagine that the early days of the US were a collegial time when wise men worked together to create the framework for our modern country. Rosenfeld disabuses us of that notion by taking sides. Jefferson, Madison, and, above all, Franklin are the good guys, Hamilton, Adams, and Washington the opponents to social progress. He tells his story through quotations of primary sources; his own...more
Becky
I really never realized before reading this book how tenuous our independence was early on. It is a miracle we are still a nation! Very lengthy, but I found it interesting enough to hold my attention......and raising my blood pressure..... as to some of the goings on.

Take into consideration that this was only one view of the politics going on.....the Federalists were diametrically opposed to the feelings express here. BUT, it is an apt portrayal of what was daily life in the infancy of our Unit...more
Marcella
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Censoring news in this country by the federal government is nothing new. It makes you question the so called ideals our country was allegedly founded on. Basically its the story of two Philadelphia newspaper editors Presidents Washington and Adams attempted to jail for sedition (author's words as I recall them when I saw him discuss the book on CSPAN). It's an eye opening perspective to our country's history not discussed in grade school histo...more
Georg1991
I could not get through this book, and I usually like reading tomes. It was written in old colonial English I just had to keep looking up definitions to make sure I understood the sentences.
Mark
Jan 02, 2008 Mark rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Contrarians, radicals, students of revolutionary history
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The parallels to the Bush Administration, Fox News, and Limbaugh are absolutely astonishing. The book also offers some reassurance about the resiliance of resistance.
Ian
No, not fun. Fine, it was an interesting approach to telling history, but the story wasn't terribly exciting.
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