American Plutarch

American Plutarch

by Russell M. Lawson
     
 

Creating an unconventional portrait of the life and thought of an Enlightenment historian and scientist, this study focuses upon Jeremy Belknap's letters, journals, and essays, which provide a clear sense of how a dialogue with the past can yield an appreciation of life and acceptance of self. Author of the three volume History of New Hampshire and the two

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Creating an unconventional portrait of the life and thought of an Enlightenment historian and scientist, this study focuses upon Jeremy Belknap's letters, journals, and essays, which provide a clear sense of how a dialogue with the past can yield an appreciation of life and acceptance of self. Author of the three volume History of New Hampshire and the two volume American Biography, Jeremy Belknap (1744-1798) was the American Plutarch because he used the past to learn more about his own life and the lives of others. He experienced the past vicariously through his imagination and experientially through his journeys throughout New England in search of clues to the explanation of the natural and human past of America.

The book is built around Belknap's engaging correspondence with his friend Ebenezer Hazard, as well as Belknap's own travel journals of his expeditions to upstate New York and throughout New Hampshire. His journey to the White Mountains of New Hampshire in 1784 was the climax of his active inquiry into the past. Far from a dry, historiographical account, this study provides a fluid and descriptive narrative of Belknap, his journeys, and his times. This is a unique portrayal of human nature in general and 18th century society in particular.

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A biography of Belknap (1744-98), remembered for his History of New-Hampshire and American Biography. Portrays him as a pioneer of historical inquiry and an active participant in bringing to light the human and natural experiences of the new republic and its expansion into the interior wilderness. Distributed in the US by Greenwood. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275963361
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/30/1998
Pages:
186
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

Meet the Author

RUSSELL M. LAWSON is Assistant Professor of History at Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma /

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