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The Resource Commons democracy : reading the politics of participation in the early United States, Dana D. Nelson

Commons democracy : reading the politics of participation in the early United States, Dana D. Nelson

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Commons democracy : reading the politics of participation in the early United States
Title
Commons democracy
Title remainder
reading the politics of participation in the early United States
Statement of responsibility
Dana D. Nelson
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Language
eng
Summary
"Commons Democracy highlights a poorly understood dimension of democracy in the early United States. It tells a story that, like the familiar one, begins in the Revolutionary era. But instead of the tale of the Founders' high-minded ideals and their careful crafting of the safe framework for democracy--a representative republican government--Commons Democracy examines the power of the democratic spirit, the ideals and practices of everyday people in the early nation. As Dana D. Nelson reveals in this illuminating work, the sensibility of participatory democratic activity fueled the involvement of ordinary folk in resistance, revolution, state constitution-making, and early national civic dissent. The rich variety of commoning customs and practices in the late colonies offered non-elite actors a tangible and durable relationship to democratic power, one significantly different from the representative democracy that would be institutionalized by the Framers in 1787. This democracy understood political power and liberties as communal, not individual. Ordinary folk practiced a democracy that was robustly participatory and insistently local. To help tell this story, Nelson turns to early American authors--Hugh Henry Brackenridge, James Fenimore Cooper, Robert Montgomery Bird, and Caroline Kirkland--who were engaged with conflicts that emerged from competing ideals of democracy in the early republic, such as the Whiskey Rebellion and the Anti-Rent War as well as the enclosure of the legal commons, anxieties about popular suffrage, and practices of frontier equalitarianism. While Commons Democracy is about the capture of "democracy" for the official purposes of state consolidation and expansion, it is also a story about the ongoing (if occluded) vitality of commons democracy, of its power as part of our shared democratic history and its usefulness in the contemporary toolkit of citizenship."--
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Nelson, Dana D
Dewey number
306.2097309033
Index
index present
LC call number
E310
LC item number
.N45 2016eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Political culture
  • Political participation
  • Protest movements
  • Commons
  • Community development
  • Social classes
  • Democracy
  • United States
  • United States
  • Commons
  • Community development
  • Democracy
  • Political culture
  • Political participation
  • Politics and government
  • Protest movements
  • Social classes
  • United States
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Commons democracy : reading the politics of participation in the early United States, Dana D. Nelson
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-212) and index
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online resource
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  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Telling stories: vernacular versus formal democracy -- Between savagery and civilization: the Whiskey Rebellion and a democratic middle way -- The privatizing state: the pioneers and the closing of the legal commons -- Settler self-governance: democratic politics on the frontier -- From nothing to start, into being: the anti-rent wars, the Indian question, and the triumph of liberalism -- Conclusion: "The wayward, multitudinous people."
Control code
941700430
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unknown
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource (219 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780823268429
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • c
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22573/ctt18ktwng
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)941700430
Label
Commons democracy : reading the politics of participation in the early United States, Dana D. Nelson
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-212) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Telling stories: vernacular versus formal democracy -- Between savagery and civilization: the Whiskey Rebellion and a democratic middle way -- The privatizing state: the pioneers and the closing of the legal commons -- Settler self-governance: democratic politics on the frontier -- From nothing to start, into being: the anti-rent wars, the Indian question, and the triumph of liberalism -- Conclusion: "The wayward, multitudinous people."
Control code
941700430
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource (219 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780823268429
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt18ktwng
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)941700430

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