The Federalists of the 1780s had a glimpse of what America was to become — a scrambling business society dominated by the pecuniary interests of ordinary people — and they did not like what they saw. This premonition of America’s future lay behind their sense of crisis and their horrified hyperbolic rhetoric. The wholesale pursuits of private interest and private luxury were, they thought, undermining America’s capacity for republican government. They designed the Constitution in order to save American republicanism from the deadly effects of the private pursuits of happiness.
|Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site||Bristol||Includes unearthed remnants of Fort William Henry and Fort Frederick.|
|Fort George||Castine||Built by the British in 1789 and location of the largest American amphibious operation of the war.|
|Montpelier – The General Henry Knox Museum||Thomaston||Built in 1794, Montpelier was constructed as the retirement home of Henry and Lucy Knox, and was in use by the family until 1854; it was razed in 1871. The current Montpelier is a recreation built in 1930 and includes some of Knox’s personal effects.|
|Sayward-Wheeler House||York Harbor||Well-preserved home of Jonathan Sayward, a merchant and a loyalist, originally built in 1718 and then enlarged.|
The Idea of America: Reflections on the Birth of the United States (2011)