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For the first time in the history of the country the office of President was open to competition. Twice had Washington been chosen by the unanimous vote of the electoral college, and twice inaugurated with the warmest approbation of the whole people. But the times had greatly changed. In 1789 and 1792 every man was for him. In 1796, in every town and city of the land were men who denounced him as an aristocrat, as a monocrat, as an Anglomaniac, and who never mentioned his name without rage in their hearts and curses on their lips.-from "The British Treaty of 1794"A bestseller when it was first published in 1883, this second volume of historian John Bach McMaster's magnum opus is a lively history of the United States that is as entertaining as it is informative. Eventually stretching to eight volumes, McMaster's epic was original in its emphasis on social and economic conditions as deciding factors in shaping a nation's culture: in addition to the words and actions of great men and the outcomes of significant skirmishes and battles, McMaster indulges his obsession with fascinating trivia, from the positively European cleanliness of New England inns to the uncouth rudeness of theatergoers in American playhouses.Volume 2, covering the rise of the South in the immediate postwar period to the embarkation of Lewis and Clark on their legendary expedition, is a compulsively readable account of the early years of the new nation, and covers such intriguing and unlik...
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