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Bloody, Bloody Yazoo Jackson: The Crisis over Speculation and Sovereignty in the Early Republic

Edwards, Andrew

In the broadest sense, political struggles between republicans and federalists in the earliest
years of the American republic were about a trade-off between freedom and power. According to
early Chief Justice John Marshall republicans resisted ―every attempt to transfer from their own
hands into those of congress powers which by others,‖ Marshall‘s federalists, ―were deemed
essential to the preservation of the union.‖
Conversely, as republican newspaper editor and poet
Philip Freneau wrote in 1793, ―the people rejoice in their freedom, and are determined to
maintain it. Yet those two concepts, freedom and power, so familiar from history and manifest
in the political discourse of George Washington and John Adams‘s administrations, remain
opaque.

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Thesis Advisors
Ngai, Mae
Blackmar, Elizabeth S.
Degree
B.A., Columbia University
Published Here
May 6, 2011
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