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The New Nation: A History of the United States During the Confederation, 1781-89
THIS is the definitive account of the first years of the United States. The period is important if only because during it men debated publicly and violently the question of whether or not people could govern themselves. But beyond that, the advocates of world government today continually turn to this remarkable period for guidance and illumination. It is imperative, then, ...more
Published 1981 by Northeastern University Press
(first published 1950)
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To counter the conventional telling that the history of the US under the Articles of Confederation was a period of weak government which the Constitutional Convention of 1787 fixed, Merrill Jensen fleshes out the claims made in his earlier work, The Articles of Confederation, that the period between 1781 and 1789 was one of productive government action and of fierce political battle between the interests that wanted a strong, central government and those that wanted political power to reside ...more
Merrill Monroe Jensen was an American historian whose research and writing focused on the ratification of the United States Constitution. His historical interpretations are generally considered to be of the "Progressive School" of American history, the most famous exponent of which was Charles A. Beard. Jensen served as a professor of history at both the University of Washington (1935–1944), where ...moreMore about Merrill Jensen...