- Hardcover: 312 pages
- Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 40th edition (30 April 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1609949854
- ISBN-13: 978-1609949853
- Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
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The American Revolution of 1800: How Jefferson Rescued Democracy from Tyranny and Faction - and What This Means Today Hardcover – 30 Apr 2015
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Practical Thomas Jefferson thought big thoughts about periodic revolutions against tyranny and concentrated power to abuse the people. His relevance now, as Dan Sisson s book and Thom Hartmann s commentary inspire, connects with the entrenching deteriorations and deprivations of today s America. To heed Jefferson s wisdom is to call for another mindful revolution at the ballot box and in the civil arena, which can come from the determined hands of we the people. Ralph Nader Since I grew up in Lexington, the birthplace of the Revolution, it s always a thrill to hear retold the story of the ideas that animated our forebears. They are ideas that in the time of the Koch brothers we need held up for all to see. Bill McKibben, President, 350.org, and author of The End of Nature Deepening inequalities economic, political, and cultural drive growing appetites for systemic change. Thinking turns again toward revolution when piecemeal reforms prove too difficult and rare and when those we do achieve prove vulnerable and temporary. Our rethinking of revolution can learn valuable lessons from Dan Sisson s classic about the last time revolution was on America s agenda. Richard D. Wolff, Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts Amherst Through this deep dive into early US history, Hartmann and Sisson draw our attention to a crucial distinction between a politics of ideas in search of liberty and prosperity for all and one centered on a factional competition for power. David Korten, Board Chair, YES! Magazine, and author of When Corporations Rule the World This is a fascinating account of our country s early history that has clear relevance to the politics of today. Dean Baker, Codirector, Center for Economic and Policy Research, and coauthor of Getting Back to Full Employment"
About the Author
Dan Sisson was born in Washington, DC, USA, and educated at St. John's College Prep in the city. Following his military service, he received his BA from California State University at Long Beach and his MA and PhD from the Claremont Graduate School and The Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions in Santa Barbara, where he was in residence for six years, USA. He has taught at colleges and universities from California to Alaska, been a politician— running for Congress in 1976, a journalist in Alaska, a writer for Field & Stream magazine, where for 13 years he described the many outdoor adventures he had with his son, Alan, in Oregon and Alaska, USA. He currently teaches at Eastern Washington University, USA as an adjunct in the Engineering Department and lives in the mountains of eastern Washington with his wife, Karen, in a near-full-sized replica (90 percent) of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello that he built himself. His forthcoming book, a work in history and political theory, is to be titled The First American Coup d'Etat.
Thom Hartmann is the host of a nationally syndicated daily progressive talk radio program and an internationally syndicated daily TV program. More people listen daily to the Thom Hartmann Program than any other progressive talk show in the nation. Talkers Magazine named Thom Hartmann as the 8th most important talk show host in America, and the #1 most important progressive host, in their ""Heavy Hundred"" ranking. He is also a four-time Project Censored-award-winning, New York Times best-selling author. He is the author of over twenty books, including Screwed, Cracking the Code, Unequal Protection: The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights, The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight: The Fate of the World and What We Can Do Before It's Too Late, We the People: A Call to Take Back America, and What Would Jefferson Do?: A Return to Democracy.
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Sisson's study also shows the bankruptcy of other modern "professional" historians. Most historians have difficulty seeing Jefferson's election as a "revolution". They will classify it as a change in parties, without recognizing that modern political parties were abhorred in that era. It is symptomatic of modern American historians to fail to realize the revolutionary spirit of not only 1776, but of Jefferson's "Revolution of 1800". Instead Jefferson is seen through the eyes of the bitter and arrogant Henry Adams as adopting the views of his opponents. Sisson shatters these myths.
The chapter on Jefferson's contoversial election is outstanding. All the machinations, horse trading, politcal intrigue, and partisan views are expounded on. Any serious history student or Jeffersonian will love this book!
Using the "faction" framework really helps to look at today's political abomination and get the perspective to understand how far this country has been dragged from it's founding vision
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