Cover

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Title page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Preface

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pp. ix-xvi

...party and, in the course of a dramatic national party convention in 1912, he was nominated as the party's presidential candidate. The distinction between the academic political thinker and the active politician was important for Wilson himself...

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I The Discovery of the Nation: Wilson's First Political Writings

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pp. 18-31

...Wilson's boyhood and early years in Princeton were spent in the midst of unusual political circumstances that had a bearing on Wilson's family background, on his religious world view, and on the social environment of the college he attended. Wilson may have instinctively identified himself with the...

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II Wilson's Introduction to the Study of Politics and Political Economy

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pp. 32-55

...boyhood began to assume a new meaning. He used the family metaphor itself as an image of the founding of a new nation. The Union consisted of constitutional doctrines...

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III Preparing for Leadership: Congressional Government

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pp. 56-82

...prospective clients, but to the vision of national leadership he had entertained as an undergraduate. Wilson continued his studies of politics as a law student at the University of Virginia from October 1879 to December 1880 at home in Wilmington...

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IV Wilson's Study of Political Economy

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pp. 83-103

...immediately registered in his writings. As might be expected in the case of a student as independent as Wilson, his contemporary letters reveal a mixed personal response to the experience. His engagement to Ellen Axson in September 1883...

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V From Family to National Society: Wilson's Idea of the Democratic State

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pp. 104-131

...Wilson in the course of their marriage, he loved his wife passionately and self-consciously. He regarded their relationship as the spring of his intellectual ambition and capacity for work. The young couple seems to have lived harmoniously...

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VI Legitimizing Administration in America

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pp. 132-155

...put liberal sentiments aside and to analyze the organization of power in a new context. The latter problem involved an attempt to clear the ground for a systematic study of administration, a search for appropriate methods, and a reformulation...

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VII The Politics of American Historical Identity

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pp. 156-176

...on law and administration, and also wrote occasional notes for a philosophic treatise on politics, it seems clear that historical writing absorbed the better part of his energies during this decade. Engagements as a public lecturer also took...

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VIII Wilson's Idea of American Patriotism

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pp. 177-196

...consideration, however, it is probably more relevant to note that Wilson made his first trip to England and Scotland to recuperate. He traveled alone from the beginning of June through August 1896. The long separation from...

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IX Modernizing the Liberal Tradition: Constitutional Government

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pp. 197-228

...social standards at Princeton and Princeton's promotion to the first rank among the nation's universities. The second was Wilson's own political ambitions and his growing commitment to opinions that would soon identify him as a leading opponent of William Jennings Bryan within the Democratic party. And...

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X Conclusion: Reconstructing the Nation

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pp. 229-249

...Beauregard's batteries ceased firing, the breached and crumbling walls of Sumter perfectly symbolized American political democracy when Americans appealed from reason to force. Responsibility for the disaster rested with the American...

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XI Essay on Historiography and Method

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pp. 250-261

...scholarship. Apparently Beard had trouble placing Wilson unambiguously within the framework of the great political division in American history between the Hamiltonian...

Bibliography

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pp. 262-279

Index

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pp. 280-288