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An innovative work of biography, social history, and literary analysis, this Pulitzer Prize-winning book presents the story of two men, William Cooper and his son, the novelist James Fennimore Cooper, who embodied the contradictions that divided America in the early years of the Republic. Taylor shows how Americans resolved their revolution through the creation of new social forms and new stories that evolved with the expansion of our frontier. of photos.
Combining biography, social history, and literary analysis, Taylor tells the story of William Cooper, a quintessential self-made man in the aftermath of the American Revolution. A shrewd land speculator and successful developer, Cooper became the dominant landlord, presiding judge, and U.S. congressman from central New York. Illustrations. Maps.