Building a New Nation chronicles the development of the new government following the signing of the Constitution. It explores the political views of the young nation’s leaders as they struggled to form a strong nation, despite the foreign and domestic dilemmas that they faced. The authors describe the beginnings of the two-party system, the administrations of the first three presidents, and key decisions by each branch of the government that shaped the future of the country.
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“As with all of the books in this series, the Colliers have done a masterful job of recounting some of the most important times in our country’s history. This book begins after the Constitution has been written and the United States has begun its quest for freedom. It chronicles the omissions within that document and how, through both cooperation and strife, these holes were somewhat mended. It was this strife that helped convince George Washington that he should only serve two terms. He preferred spending time on his farm to time with the warring Republicans and Federalists. Excellent period artistry and straightforward text allow the reader to understand the importance of this period. Instructors will easily integrate this book into the curriculum at the intermediate and older levels, thus making history come to life for these students. Part of the ‘The Drama of American History’ series.”
About the Authors
Christopher Collier is professor of history at the University of Connecticut. His field is early American history, especially the history of Connecticut and the American Revolution.
James Lincoln Collier has written many books for children, including Give Dad My Best and Planet out of the Past. He has also contributed more than five hundred articles to the New York Times Magazine, Reader’s Digest, and Boy’s Life. His honors include the Kidger Prize for Teaching, the Jane Addams Peace Prize, and the Newbery Honor.
About Jim Manchester
Jim Manchester is a retired English and theater teacher in Rhode Island. He has directed and acted in many theatrical productions over the years and has done voice-over work in the Providence area. Jim resides in the lovely seaport town of Bristol, Rhode Island.