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More than 200 radicals from England, Scotland, and Ireland, who looked to Paine and Jefferson for inspiration, came to America in the 1790s. Many became participants in the political discourse of the early Republic and took up leadership positions within Jefferson's Republican Party. They helped bring Jefferson victory in 1800; many then left the party as Jefferson moderated his views and the emigres lost influence. Durey provides, for the first time, a collective biography that is a full-scale analysis of the roots of these immigrant radicals. He explains their reasons for migrating and their successes, or lack thereof, in their adopted country, and demonstrates their tremendous impact, as a group, on the political thought of the new nation. Additionally, Durey illuminates the intellectual and political history of the Atlantic world and helps to frame American radical political thought within a wider perspective. Although the cavalcade of names sometimes becomes daunting, the author does an admirable job of sketching a group portrait at the same time that he describes the individual radicals and their ideas. Recommended for upper-division undergraduates and above. G. W. Franz; Pennsylvania State University, Delaware County Campus
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