Introduction: The Family, the State, and the Novel in the Early Republic -- 1. Plague and Politics in 1793: Arthur Mervyn -- 2. Wieland: Alien and Infidel -- 3. The Family in the Novel: Cooper and the Domestic Revolution -- 4. Monuments and Hearths -- 5. Generation Through Violence: The Making of Americans -- 6. The Identity of Slavery.
The politics of identity in the period of the early American republic involved the cultural production of a national self. In Romances of the Republic, Shirley Samuels examines revolutionary rhetoric from the 1790s through the 1850s primarily in novels, but also in poems, pamphlets, political cartoons, and sermons.