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Founding Visions: The Ideas, Individuals, and Intersections that Created America

by Lance Banning edited and with an introduction by Todd Estes foreword by Gordon S. Wood

Availablecloth$60.00x 978-0-8131-5284-4
372 pages  Pubdate: 12/26/2014  6 x 9  1 b&w photo

Lance Banning was one of the most distinguished historians of his generation. His first book, The Jeffersonian Persuasion: Evolution of a Party Ideology, was a groundbreaking study of the ideas and principles that influenced political conflict in the early American Republic. His revisionist masterpiece, The Sacred Fire of Liberty: James Madison and the Founding of the Federal Republic, received the Merle Curti Award in Intellectual History from the Organization of American Historians and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Banning was assembling this collection of his best and most representative writings on the Founding era when his untimely death stalled the project just short of its completion. Now, thanks to the efforts of editor Todd Estes, this illuminating resource is finally available. Founding Visions showcases the work of a historian who shaped the intellectual debates of his time. Featuring a foreword by Gordon S. Wood, the volume presents Banning’s most seminal and insightful essays to a new generation of students, scholars, and general readers.

Lance Banning (1942–2006) taught at Brown University and the University of Kentucky and held a senior Fulbright appointment at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands in 1997. During his prolific career, he held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Humanities Center, and the Center for the History of Freedom.

Todd Estes is associate professor of history at Oakland University and the author of The Jay Treaty Debate, Public Opinion, and the Evolution of Early American Political Culture. Estes received his PhD from the University of Kentucky, under Lance Banning’s direction.

Lance Banning’s balanced but penetrating view of historical materials makes him a vital mediator in scholarly disputes, one who knows how to bring light rather than heat to controversies better understood as joint contributions. Each of these essays also exhibits a different methodological approach to the all-important question of ‘what actually happened.’ As such, this collection reaches far beyond those interested in the foundations of the American republic. Every historian, whether beginning or advanced, will benefit from reading this book. -- Robert A. Ferguson, Columbia University

Banning’s impeccable scholarship has shaped the way we think about early American history, and the essays in this volume show him at the peak of his very considerable powers. -- Peter S. Onuf, Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, Monticello

Banning’s skill as an essayist shines here... -- San Francisco Book Review

Founding Visions: The Ideas, Individuals, and Intersections That Created America is an anthology of thirteen fine essays by prizewinning historian of the American Revolution Lance Banning.

[. . .] [T]he essays in Founding Visions are exemplary. -- Journal of Southern History

The work represents an impressive collection that is an essential companion to any serious student of the intellectual issues of the early Republic. -- Southern Historian