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Harvard Historical Studies 163

Creating a Nation of Joiners

Democracy and Civil Society in Early National Massachusetts

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$64.50 • £50.95 • €58.00

ISBN 9780674030794

Publication: December 2008

Short

270 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

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This work will broaden understanding of the Jefferson/Jackson period and the rise of democracy. Neem has done a superb job in crafting a short, readable, informative work.—J. J. Fox, Jr., Choice

A powerful analysis that will reshape our understanding of the transformation of civil society in the early American republic. Neem’s study is part of an emerging literature forcing a reconsideration of the classic Tocquevillean account of voluntary association and the state. I am impressed with the depth of the research, the sharpness and acuity of the interpretation, and the clarity of the writing. This is an important book.—John L. Brooke, The Ohio State University

In his illuminating examination of the origins of American civil society, Johann Neem traces them to popular religion and Whig philanthropy, revealing the longstanding conflicts between civil society and the ideals of Jeffersonian democracy. This book will interest both historians and political scientists.—Daniel Walker Howe, author of What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815–1848

Beautifully conceived and clearly written, Creating a Nation of Joiners is a major contribution to our understanding of the early Republic. Not only does it nicely show how bitterly contested was the struggle over the creation of a civil society, but it contains the best account of the changing nature of the corporation since Oscar and Mary Handlin’s Commonwealth. A superb study.—Gordon S. Wood, Brown University