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Sean Wilentz

Sean Wilentz is the George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History at Princeton University and author of the Bancroft Prize–winning The Rise of American Democracy, Bob Dylan in America, and many other works. He is completing his next book, No Property in Man, on slavery, antislavery, and the Constitution, based on his Nathan I. Huggins Lectures delivered at Harvard in 2015.

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Books by Sean Wilentz

  1. Book CoverThe Politicians and the Egalitarians: The Hidden History of American Politics


    One of our most eminent historians reminds us of the commanding role party politics has played in America’s enduring struggle against economic inequality.More

  2. Book CoverThe Rise of American Democracy: Democracy Ascendant, 1815-1840

    College Edition / Volume(s): 2

    Now available in three separate paperbacks designed for college courses, The Rise of American Democracy, acclaimed as the definitive study of the period by one of the greatest American historians, traces a historical arc from the earliest days of the republic to the opening shots of the Civil War.More

  3. Book CoverThe Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln


    Winner of the Bancroft Award: "Monumental…a tour de force…awesome in its coverage of political events."—Gordon Wood, New York Times Book ReviewMore

  4. Book CoverThe Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln

    Abridged College Edition

    Winner of the Bancroft Award: "Monumental…a tour de force…awesome in its coverage of political events."—Gordon Wood, New York Times Book ReviewMore

  5. Book CoverThe Rise of American Democracy: Slavery and the Crisis of American Democracy, 1840-1860

    College Edition / Volume(s): 3

    Now available in three separate paperbacks designed for college courses, The Rise of American Democracy, acclaimed as the definitive study of the period by one of the greatest American historians, traces a historical arc from the earliest days of the republic to the opening shots of the Civil War.More

  6. Book CoverThe Rise of American Democracy: The Crisis of the New Order 1787-1815

    College Edition / Volume(s): 1

    Now available in three separate paperbacks designed for college courses, The Rise of American Democracy, acclaimed as the definitive study of the period by one of the greatest American historians, traces a historical arc from the earliest days of the republic to the opening shots of the Civil War.More

  7. Book CoverThe Rose & the Briar: Death, Love and Liberty in the American Ballad


    A devastatingly original work that plunges into the emotional heart of the American psyche.More