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Introduction I Steve Fraser and Gary Gerstle 1 The Dilemmas of Ruling Elites in Revolutionary America 27 GaryJ. Kornblith andJohn M. Murrin 2 The "Slave Power" in the United States, 1783-1865 64 Adam Rothman 3 Merchants and Manufacturers in the Antebellum North 92 Sven Beckert 4 Gilded Age Gospels 123 David Nasaw 5 The Abortive Rule of Big Money 149 Alan Dawley 6 The Managerial Revitalization of the Rich I81 Jackson Lears 7 The Foreign Policy Establishment 215 Godfrey Hodgson 8 Conservative Elites and the Counterrevolution against the New Deal 250 Michael Lind Coda: Democracy in America 286 Steve Fraser and Gary Gerstle Notes 295 Acknowledgments 349 Contributors 351 Index 355Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Elite (Social sciences) United States History, Social classes Political aspects United States History, Power (Social sciences) United States History, Democracy United States