This fascinating study examines the meteoric career of a vigorous intellectual movement rising out of the Age of Jackson. As Americans argued over their destiny in the decades preceding the Civil War, an outspoken new generation of ""ultra-democratic"" writers entered the fray, staking out positions on politics, literature, art, and any other territory they could annex. They called themselves Young America--and they proclaimed a ""Manifest Destiny"" to push back frontiers in every category of achievement. Their swagger found a natural home in New York City, already bursting at the seams and re
Contents; Prologue: History Rewritten; 1 The Politics of Culture: O'Sullivan and the Democratic Review; 2 Democracy and Literature; 3 Young America in Literature: Duyckinck, Melville, and the Mutual Admiration Society; 4 Representation without Taxation: Art for the People; 5 The Young American Lexicon: Field and Codification; 6 Young America Redux; Epilogue: Forever Young; Notes; Sources; Index
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