Disunion Among Ourselves
The Perilous Politics of the American Revolution
Join Revolutionary Spaces for the launch of Eli Merritt’s new eye-opening book, Disunion Among Ourselves: The Perilous Politics of the American Revolution. Merritt reveals the deep political divisions that almost tore the Union apart during the American Revolution, and how the founding generation succeeded in holding the young nation together by uniting for the sake of liberty and self-preservation.
Disunion Among Ourselves has inevitable resonances with our present era of political hyperpolarization and serves as a touchstone for contemporary politics, reminding us that the founders overcame far tougher times than our own through commitment to ethical constitutional democracy and compromise.
This program will begin at 5:30 pm and is free and open to the public thanks to the generous support of The Lowell Institute. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.
About the Author
ELI MERRITT is a political historian at Vanderbilt University who specializes in the founding era of the United States and the intersection of demagogues and democracy. He has written for the American Journal of Legal History, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune, among other publications. The editor of How to Save Democracy: Inspiration and Advice from 95 World Leaders, he also writes an online newsletter called American Commonwealth that explores the origins of the United States’ political discontents and solutions to them.