Genuine Article: A Historian Looks at Early America

Genuine Article: A Historian Looks at Early America

by Edmund S. Morgan
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Genuine Article: A Historian Looks at Early America

"A masterly quarter-century of commentary on the discipline of American history."—Allen D. Boyer, New York Times Book Review
"This book amounts to an intellectual autobiography....These pieces are thus a statement of what I have thought about early Americans during nearly seventy years in their company," writes historian Edmund S. Morgan in the introduction to this landmark collection. The Genuine Article gathers together twenty-five of Morgan's finest essays over forty years, commenting brilliantly on everything from Jamestown to James Madison. In revealing the private lives of "Those Sexy Puritans" and "The Price of Honor" on Southern plantations, The Genuine Article details the daily lives of early Americans, along with "The Great Political Fiction" that continues to this day. As one of our most celebrated historians, Morgan's characteristic insight and penetrating wisdom are not to be missed in this extraordinarily rich portrait of early America and its Founding Fathers.

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ISBN-13: 9780393327144
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 08/22/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1New Englanders1
Chapter 1America's First Great Man5
Chapter 2Heaven Can't Wait15
Chapter 3Those Sexy Puritans22
Chapter 4The Chosen People31
Chapter 5Subject Women40
Chapter 6Witch-Hunting54
Chapter 7Bewitched61
Part 2Southerners71
Chapter 8Our Town75
Chapter 9The Fall of the Gentry83
Chapter 10The Big American Crime90
Chapter 11Plantation Blues108
Chapter 12The Price of Honor122
Part 3Revolutionaries133
Chapter 13How the French Lost America137
Chapter 14A Loyal Un-American147
Chapter 15The Oedipal Revolution156
Chapter 16Secrets of Benjamin Franklin163
Chapter 17Don't Tread On Us185
Chapter 18The Fixers197
Chapter 19The Great Political Fiction207
Chapter 20Power to the People?225
Chapter 21The Second American Revolution236
Chapter 22The Genuine Article248
Part 4Questions of Culture261
Chapter 23Persuading the Persuaded265
Chapter 24Who's Really Who (with Marie Morgan)275

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