Jacob's Well: A Case for Rethinking Family History

Jacob's Well: A Case for Rethinking Family History

by Joseph A. Amato
     
 

ISBN-10: 0873516133

ISBN-13: 9780873516136

Pub. Date: 02/28/2008

Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press

Through research, historical narratives, and storytelling, historian and author Joseph A. Amato demonstrates how Americans with mixed ancestry and common origins might produce truly extraordinary family histories as he follows his poor, obscure, and truly "mongrel" family through seven generations, revealing their place in the key events of America's past

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Through research, historical narratives, and storytelling, historian and author Joseph A. Amato demonstrates how Americans with mixed ancestry and common origins might produce truly extraordinary family histories as he follows his poor, obscure, and truly "mongrel" family through seven generations, revealing their place in the key events of America's past. Using powerful family traditions to clarify his personal connection to the larger stories of our nation, Amato advocates for the power of the history closest to hand in building personal identity and resisting mass culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780873516136
Publisher:
Minnesota Historical Society Press
Publication date:
02/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface: Family History, a Way to Know Our Selves and Our Times     ix
Introduction: Putting on the Coat of the Past     3
Rosalia, a Misery as Ancient as Sicily     15
"Forty Acres, and All Mine"     43
Banished from Acadia, Exiled in Plymouth Colony     63
Up and Down the Hills of Maine, and Off to Wisconsin     87
Migrants West     105
A Memorable Death, a Common Lot     126
Jacob, the Rise and Fall of a Plebian Patriarch     147
Cousins of the Tongue     176
Workers to the Bone, East Siders to the End     200
Conclusion: The Reason For, and The Matter Of, Family History     241
Amato, Linsdeau, and Associated Families     247
Source Notes     251

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