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The Reign of Terror in America: Visions of Violence from Anti-Jacobinism to Antislavery (review)

The Reign of Terror in America: Visions of Violence from Anti-Jacobinism to Antislavery (review) REVIEWS tial to complicate the history of Missouri's frontier, because the humanity that Burke made central to Missouri slavery must have influenced Missouri's politics of slavery. Ma tthe w Sa laf ia is currently revising his manuscript, Slavery's Borderland: Freedom and Bondage Along the Ohio River, 1787­1861 for publication with the University of Pennsylvania Press. The Reign of Terror in America: Visions of Violence from AntiJacobinism to Antislavery. By Rachel Hope Cleves. (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009. Pp. 296. Cloth $82.00.) Reviewed by Todd Estes Several years ago, Rachel Hope Cleves wrote eloquently in these pages about how violence had affected her life personally and shaped her as a scholar intellectually (``On Writing the History of Violence,'' JER 24 [Winter 2004]). In some ways, this book is a fuller, more developed rumination on those same themes. But it is also much more: a provocative, resonant first book about significant topics both timely and timeless. While scholars have long noted the impact of the French Revolution on U.S. politics in the 1790s, Cleves argues that, from the first decade of the new government through the end of the Civil War, a French Revolutionary discourse dominated American politics and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the Early Republic University of Pennsylvania Press

The Reign of Terror in America: Visions of Violence from Anti-Jacobinism to Antislavery (review)

Journal of the Early Republic , Volume 31 (4) – Nov 5, 2011

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REVIEWS tial to complicate the history of Missouri's frontier, because the humanity that Burke made central to Missouri slavery must have influenced Missouri's politics of slavery. Ma tthe w Sa laf ia is currently revising his manuscript, Slavery's Borderland: Freedom and Bondage Along the Ohio River, 1787­1861 for publication with the University of Pennsylvania Press. The Reign of Terror in America: Visions of Violence from AntiJacobinism to Antislavery. By Rachel Hope Cleves. (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009. Pp. 296. Cloth $82.00.) Reviewed by Todd Estes Several years ago, Rachel Hope Cleves wrote eloquently in these pages about how violence had affected her life personally and shaped her as a scholar intellectually (``On Writing the History of Violence,'' JER 24 [Winter 2004]). In some ways, this book is a fuller, more developed rumination on those same themes. But it is also much more: a provocative, resonant first book about significant topics both timely and timeless. While scholars have long noted the impact of the French Revolution on U.S. politics in the 1790s, Cleves argues that, from the first decade of the new government through the end of the Civil War, a French Revolutionary discourse dominated American politics and

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Journal of the Early RepublicUniversity of Pennsylvania Press

Published: Nov 5, 2011

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