History of Hope: When Americans Have Dared to Dream of a Better Future / Edition 1

History of Hope: When Americans Have Dared to Dream of a Better Future / Edition 1

by James W. Fraser
     
 

ISBN-10: 0312239041

ISBN-13: 9780312239046

Pub. Date: 01/28/2003

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

So Begins James Fraser in His Chronicle of the indomitable American Spirit that has kept us going even in our country's darkest days. Hope with the ability to see a better future for oneself and others, says Fraser, is the thing that powers the engine of the American Spirit. One of the most famous manifestations of hope in our history is Jefferson's "self evident"

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So Begins James Fraser in His Chronicle of the indomitable American Spirit that has kept us going even in our country's darkest days. Hope with the ability to see a better future for oneself and others, says Fraser, is the thing that powers the engine of the American Spirit. One of the most famous manifestations of hope in our history is Jefferson's "self evident" truth "that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life. Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness." Hope, though, was never solely the province of leaders. In 1890, a group of impoverished people in New Mexico declared. "Our purpose is to protect the rights and interests of the people in general: especially those of the helpless classes." In the same century, looking toward freedom, the runaway slave Joseph Taper wrote "all are born free and equal." Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Seneca Falls Convention used Jefferson's template to assert the rights of women. In fact, throughout our history hope has been more frequently the enterprise of the agitator, the poet, and the organizer than the work of official leaders. Because of that. James Fraser's history of hope is really a history of the ordinary American who decided that limitations were unacceptable and a better life could be attained through hard work and determination. In these uncertain times, Fraser's look at the American ability to see through hardship and tragedy is more necessary than ever.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312239046
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
01/28/2003
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.48(w) x 9.64(h) x 1.22(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Forewordxi
Prologue: The First Revolution: Taos, 16801
1.The Revolutionaries of 177611
2.Utopian Communities27
3.Mexico in the United States43
4.Rebellious Slaves, Free Blacks, and Abolitionists67
5.Reconstruction: The First Civil Rights Era93
6.Feminists and Suffragists121
7.The Beginnings of Organized Labor151
8.The Many Faces of the Progressive Era185
9.Hope in Hard Times215
10.The Civil Rights Movement249
Epilogue: The Movement Continues285
Notes307
Bibliography334
Index339
About the Author348

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