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The Resource Fears of a setting sun : the disillusionment of America's Founders, Dennis C. Rasmussen

Fears of a setting sun : the disillusionment of America's Founders, Dennis C. Rasmussen

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Fears of a setting sun : the disillusionment of America's Founders
Title
Fears of a setting sun
Title remainder
the disillusionment of America's Founders
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Dennis C. Rasmussen
Title variation
Disillusionment of America's Founders
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eng
Summary
"Whatever sense of hope the Founder Fathers may have felt at the new government's birth, almost none of them carried that optimism to their graves. Franklin survived to see the Constitution in action for only a single year, but most of the founders who lived into the nineteenth century came to feel deep anxiety, disappointment, and even despair about the government and the nation that they had helped to create. Indeed, by the end of their lives many of the founders judged the Constitution that we now venerate to be an utter failure that was unlikely to last beyond their own generation. This book tells the story of their disillusionment. The book focuses principally on four of the preeminent figures of the period (1787): George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson. These four lost their faith in the American experiment at different times and for different reasons, and each has his own unique story. As Rasmussen shows in a series of three chapters on each figure, Washington became disillusioned above all because of the rise of parties and partisanship, Hamilton because he felt that the federal government was not sufficiently vigorous or energetic, Adams because he believed that the American people lacked the requisite civic virtue for republican government, and Jefferson because of sectional divisions brought on (as he saw it) by Northern attempts to restrict slavery and consolidate power in the federal government. Washington, Hamilton, Adams, and Jefferson were the most prominent of the founders who grew disappointed in what America became, but they were certainly not the only ones. In a final chapter Rasmussen shows that most of the other leading founders-including figures such as Samuel Adams, John Jay, James Monroe, and Thomas Paine-fell in the same camp. The most notable founder who did not come to despair for his country was the one who outlived them all, James Madison. Madison did harbor some real worries but a final chapter also explores why Madison largely kept the republican faith when so many of his compatriots did not"--
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1978-
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Rasmussen, Dennis C.
Dewey number
973.3092/2
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illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E302.1
LC item number
.R37 2021
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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1732-1799
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Washington, George
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  • Hamilton, Alexander
  • Adams, John
  • Jefferson, Thomas
  • Founding Fathers of the United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
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adult
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Fears of a setting sun : the disillusionment of America's Founders, Dennis C. Rasmussen
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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on1193066753
Dimensions
24 cm
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x, 277 pages
Isbn
9780691210230
Lccn
2020032382
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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illustration
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(OCoLC)1193066753
Label
Fears of a setting sun : the disillusionment of America's Founders, Dennis C. Rasmussen
Publication
Note
Source of cataloging data: WCP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1193066753
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 277 pages
Isbn
9780691210230
Lccn
2020032382
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustration
System control number
(OCoLC)1193066753

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