Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Creating an American Culture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Eve Kornfeld
      Pages 3-10
    3. Eve Kornfeld
      Pages 27-38
    4. Eve Kornfeld
      Pages 39-53
    5. Eve Kornfeld
      Pages 54-65
    6. Eve Kornfeld
      Pages 66-76
    7. Eve Kornfeld
      Pages 77-80
  3. The Documents

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Eve Kornfeld
      Pages 110-148
    3. Eve Kornfeld
      Pages 149-188
    4. Eve Kornfeld
      Pages 189-228
    5. Eve Kornfeld
      Pages 229-260
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 261-274

About this book


Amid the battle for American independence and the struggle to invent a federal government, American Revolutionary leaders and intellectuals sought also to create a culture that would unify a territory of immense regional, ethnic, and religious diversity. In a sophisticated yet accessible interpretive narrative, Eve Kornfeld examines the efforts of Noah Webster, Benjamin Rush, George Washington, Judith Sargent Murray, David Ramsay, Mercy Otis Warren, and others to invent a national literature, narrate a story of nationhood, and educate a diverse people for virtuous Republican citizenship. Among the 31 documents following the narrative are early attempts at American epic poetry, excerpts from the first narrative histories of the United States, and commentaries on the place of women and Indians in national life. Headnotes to the documents, reproductions of early paintings and portraits, a chronology, questions for consideration, a bibliography, and an index are also included.

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.San Diego State UniversityUSA

About the authors

Eve Kornfeld is Professor of History at San Diego State University.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Creating an American Culture, 1775–1800
  • Book Subtitle A Brief History with Documents
  • Authors NA NA
  • Series Title The Bedford Series in History and Culture
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2001
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-312-23702-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-63132-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-03834-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 274
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, multidisciplinary
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