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Cultural Change and the Market Revolution in America, 1789-1860, and: Marketplace of Revolution: How Consumer Politics Shaped American Independence (review)

Cultural Change and the Market Revolution in America, 1789-1860, and: Marketplace of Revolution:... form of politics? Did politics sometimes, for example in the debate over segregation, serve as moral suasion? Were antislavery petitions not both moral suasion and politics? Laurie argues that petitions ``transformed'' Elizur Wright and several colleagues ``from moral suasionists into political abolitionists'' (41). By limiting his definition of politics, Laurie misses the opportunity to heal an interpretive breach in the historiography. Several qualities make this book a possible resource for the undergraduate classroom. The text is filled with sharp portraits of individual political actors, both written and photographic, which make the text accessible. In addition, the historiography is painted in broad strokes that should spark lively classroom discussion. Laurie is also to be commended for his frequent citations of his students' seminar papers, which are a wonderful illustration to students that their work can matter. Overall, Beyond Garrison is a thought-provoking new book that has an original argument and original research to interest readers. Ra chel Hop e Cl eves is an assistant professor at Northern Illinois University. She is the author of ``Writing the History of Violence,'' Journal of the Early Republic (2004), and is currently working on a book manuscript about violence, anti-Jacobinism, and antislavery in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the Early Republic University of Pennsylvania Press

Cultural Change and the Market Revolution in America, 1789-1860, and: Marketplace of Revolution: How Consumer Politics Shaped American Independence (review)

Journal of the Early Republic , Volume 26 (3)

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University of Pennsylvania Press
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Copyright © 2006 Society for Historians of the Early American Republic.
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form of politics? Did politics sometimes, for example in the debate over segregation, serve as moral suasion? Were antislavery petitions not both moral suasion and politics? Laurie argues that petitions ``transformed'' Elizur Wright and several colleagues ``from moral suasionists into political abolitionists'' (41). By limiting his definition of politics, Laurie misses the opportunity to heal an interpretive breach in the historiography. Several qualities make this book a possible resource for the undergraduate classroom. The text is filled with sharp portraits of individual political actors, both written and photographic, which make the text accessible. In addition, the historiography is painted in broad strokes that should spark lively classroom discussion. Laurie is also to be commended for his frequent citations of his students' seminar papers, which are a wonderful illustration to students that their work can matter. Overall, Beyond Garrison is a thought-provoking new book that has an original argument and original research to interest readers. Ra chel Hop e Cl eves is an assistant professor at Northern Illinois University. She is the author of ``Writing the History of Violence,'' Journal of the Early Republic (2004), and is currently working on a book manuscript about violence, anti-Jacobinism, and antislavery in

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Journal of the Early RepublicUniversity of Pennsylvania Press

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