books which might be of general interest to students of the "Early
Republic" period -- If you find any worth purchasing after following
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The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough a "story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and others of high aspiration who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, ambitious to excel in their work."
The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity by Jeffrey Sachs. From book description: "For more than three decades, Jeffrey D. Sachs has been at the forefront of international economic problem solving. But Sachs turns his attention back home in The Price of Civilization, a book that is essential reading for every American. In a forceful, impassioned, and personal voice, he offers not only a searing and incisive diagnosis of our country’s economic ills but also an urgent call for Americans to restore the virtues of fairness, honesty, and foresight as the foundations of national prosperity.
Charleston was also the cultural and commercial center of South Carolina, a state perhaps more attached to the institution of slavery, and in 1860 more determined to break with the union, than any other state.
Charleston was the summer gathering place of all the large plantation owners of coastal South Carolina; where they came to escape the deadly "miasmic air" (in reality, malaria mosquitoes were the main threat) of the swampy coastal plane. It was dominated by the views of such men. It alone, tried a showdown with the federal government, in 1832, when John C. Calhoun claimed the doctrine that a state could, after a certain democratic procedure, declare a federal law (the tariff in particular) to be null - hence the nullification crisis.
A description circa 1815 and later, when James Henry Hammond was growing up there. "Rustic as it was, with a population of scarcely a thousand, the town was laid out on a monumental scale. Boulevards more than a hundred feet wide marked off four-acre blocks dotted with wooden houses regularly trimmed in yellow and grey. ... The statehouse, atop a three-hundred-foot hill covered with oaks, dominated the town. Just across the street lay the brick buildings of the college."