Representative Americans / Edition 2

Representative Americans / Edition 2

by Norman K. Risjord
     
 

ISBN-10: 0742520730

ISBN-13: 9780742520738

Pub. Date: 05/30/2001

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Each generation of Americans has a special flavor, a character of its own. Sometimes a memorable decade, such as the "Gay Nineties" or the "Roaring Twenties," imprinted the generation that lived and outlived it. Yet no simple rubric comes easily to mind when one thinks of the Revolutionary generation. Their accomplishments were too grand, their interests too varied,…  See more details below

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Each generation of Americans has a special flavor, a character of its own. Sometimes a memorable decade, such as the "Gay Nineties" or the "Roaring Twenties," imprinted the generation that lived and outlived it. Yet no simple rubric comes easily to mind when one thinks of the Revolutionary generation. Their accomplishments were too grand, their interests too varied, to be encompassed in a single phrase. Risjord divides this book into three sections, each exploring one of the era's dominant themes. The first section, "Nation Builders" follows the careers of military men such as George Washington and Francis Marion and examines life on the homefront through the eyes of Abigail Adams. The section headed "Character Builders" examines the lives of people who sought to mold an American national character, men such as Charles Willson Peale, Benjamin Rush, and Noah Webster. The last section explores the paradox that the Revolutionary generation also gave birth to an empire in which self-governing people ruled—sometimes tyrannically—over others. The founders of the American republic were preoccupied with the fundamentals of society and government. This book reflects this concern and also explores the lives of individuals who contributed to science and the arts.

Author Biography: Norman K. Risjord" is emeritus professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he taught for over three decades. He is the author of "Chesapeake Politics, 1781-1800"; and "Jefferson's America, 1760-1815". He is general editor of the American Profiles series for Madison House.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742520738
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
05/30/2001
Series:
Representative Americans Series
Edition description:
2ND
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
8.98(w) x 5.98(h) x 0.84(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Pt. 1Nation Builders
1Benjamin Franklin: The American Mold3
2Samuel Adams: Pure Republican25
3George Washington: Gentleman Revolutionary52
4Francis Marion: The Swamp Fox78
5Abigail Adams: Partner in Home Rule95
6Aaron Lopez: An Immigrant's Story114
Pt. 2Character Builders
7Noah Webster: The Search for National Identity127
8Charles Willson Peale: Patriotism in Color141
9Charles Bulfinch: An American Style in Building156
10Isaac Backus: Crusader170
11Benjamin Rush: Patriot Physician179
12Benjamin Banneker: An African-American's Experience202
Pt. 3Empire Builders
13Eli Whitney and John Jacob Astor: Pioneers of Business221
14George Rogers Clark: Conqueror of the Northwest241
15James Wilkinson: Master of Imperial Intrigue260
16Tecumseh and The Prophet: A Vision Shattered284
17Thomas Jefferson: A Summary View307
Index333

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