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The Man of the People: National Politics and the Origins of the Presidential Republic, 1787-1809
Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
This dissertation examines the creation of the presidency as a national symbol of participatory civic engagement. It argues that early public critics of the Washington and Adams administrations--not the presidential administrations themselves--looked to the presidency to articulate the more egalitarian, democratic republican society they envisioned, repudiating the more stratified, hierarchical politics preferred by the first Presidents and their political allies. In so doing, this political opposition made the presidency the core symbol of the nation's democratic republic.
Chair and Committee
David T Konig
Iver Bernstein, Elizabeth Borgwardt, Randall Calvert, Wayne Fields, Peter J Kastor, Jeffrey L Pasley
Green, Nathaniel, "The Man of the People: National Politics and the Origins of the Presidential Republic, 1787-1809" (2013). Arts & Sciences Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 239.