The New Nation: A History of the United States during the Confederation, 1781-1789

By Merrill Jensen | Go to book overview

5
The People and the Governments of the New Nation

THE NEW nation that was born into a world of empires stretched from the Atlantic Ocean on the east to the Mississippi River on the west, and from British Canada on the north to Spanish Florida on the south. In 1789 Jedidiah Morse, the "father of American geography," recorded that Thomas Hutchins, the first geographer of the United States, had measured the length, breadth, and extent of the new nation. There were a million square miles of it: 589,000,000 acres of land and 51,000,000 acres of water. Beyond the frontiers lay the Old Northwest, a vast public domain estimated at 220,000,000 acres. The states ceded it to the government of the United States. Thus, more than a third of the new nation was unoccupied, except by the Indians, and to it Americans could and did look for expansion, profit, and the payment of the national debt.1

The new nation had perhaps 3,000,000 people in 1775. Of these about a half million were Negroes, most of whom were slaves. Population increased astonishingly during and after the Revolution. The census of 1790 counted 3,699,525. This growth was the result of immigration and of natural increase, and was made up of "people of almost all nations, languages, characters, and religions." The greater part, however, was descended from English stock and "for the sake of distinction, are called Anglo-Americans."2 Of the total population in 1790 nearly a sixth were Negro slaves, most of them living in the states south of Pennsylvania.

____________________
1
American Geography, 35.
2
Ibid., 63. Morse estimated the population at 3,083,600 in 1789.

-111-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this book

This book has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this book

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
The New Nation: A History of the United States during the Confederation, 1781-1789
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
/ 433

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.