By William P. Leeman
Americans early on appeared with suspicion upon specialist army officials, fearing status army institution could turn into too robust, entrenched, or risky to republican beliefs. Tracing debates concerning the nature of the kingdom, type identification, and partisan politics, William P. Leeman explains how the country's reluctance to set up a countrywide naval academy progressively advanced into help for the belief. the USA Naval Academy was once eventually proven in 1845, whilst so much americans felt it is going to give you the top academic atmosphere for generating officials and gents who may perhaps protect the U.S. at sea, serve American pursuits out of the country, and give a contribution to the nation's venture of monetary, medical, and ethical progress.
Considering the improvement of the naval officer corps with regards to American notions of democracy and aristocracy, The lengthy street to Annapolis sheds new gentle at the frequently competing methods americans perceived their military and their kingdom in the course of the first 1/2 the 19th century.
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The Long Road to Annapolis: The Founding of the Naval Academy and the Emerging American Republic by William P. Leeman