The Life of Jedidiah Morse: A Station of Peculiar Exposure

The Life of Jedidiah Morse: A Station of Peculiar Exposure

by Richard J. Moss

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Jedidiah Morse, the father of inventor Samuel Morse, described the post-revolutionary nation to Americans through his popular geography texts. He also involved himself deeply in commenting on the religious and political controversies of his day as a Congregational minister. He played the role of self-sacrificing cleric at the same time he took advantage of the opportunities offered by America's emerging liberal, capitalist culture--and his personal dilemma reflected the larger tensions of society. Moss draws on psychological theory to argue that Morse's two sides--devoted clergyman defending the virtues of austerity, and worldly author and financial speculator--were actually dependent upon each other. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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