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E Pluribus Unum: The Formation of the American Republic, 1776-1790

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Having won independence from England, America faced a new question: Would this be politically one nation, or would it not? E Pluribus Unum is a spirited look at how that question came to be answered.

Forrest McDonald is Professor Emeritus of American History at the University of Alabama and author of States’ Rights and the Union.
Paperback, 386 pages
Published May 1st 1979 by Liberty Fund Inc. (first published 1965)
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Dan Gorman
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
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This book feels outdated now. Books written since 1965 (see Edward Countryman, Charles Royster, and David Waldstreicher’s work, to name a few authors) have covered the Revolutionary period with greater clarity and with attention to cultural as well as social factors. McDonald’s writing style tends toward the opaque. When he starts using “nationalist” and “republican” to describe political factions, the terms feel imprecise and misleading. For instance, Alexander Hamilton, one of McDonald’s natio ...more
Dave Benner
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Some incredible discoveries here, including the revelation that the Federalists threatened to have New York City secede from New York state to ratify the Constitution as an independent entity if the state as a whole did not.
Al
Mar 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
"The French, the Russians, the Italians, the Germans, all the planet's peoples in their turn, would become so unrestrained as to lose contact with sanity. The Americans might have suffered a similar history, had they followed the lead of those who, in 1787 and 1788, spoke in the name of the people and of popular 'rights'. But there were giants in the earth in those days, and they spoke in the name of the nation, and the people followed them. As a result, the Americans were, despite themselves, d ...more
Nathaniel
May 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really interesting perspective on the formative years of this country - eye opening in many ways. Sometimes a little dry because that's what history books can be, but the author has a good sense of humor, and that keeps it more interesting than it otherwise might be.
Adam Carman
Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
His turn of a phrase alone should make this required reading.
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Dr. McDonald was a Distinguished Research Professor of History at the University of Alabama, where he was the Sixteenth Jefferson Lecturer in the Humanities in 1987. He was awarded the Ingersoll Prize in 1990. Professor McDonald is the author of several books including Novus Ordo Seclorum (University Press of Kansas, 1985), and The American Presidency: Roots, Establishment, Evolution (University P ...more