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Representative Americans

The Revolutionary Generation
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ISBN-13:
9781461641988
Seiten:
352
Autor:
Norman K. Risjord
Serie:
Representative Americans
eBook Typ:
Adobe Digital Editions
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

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. This book reflects their concern with the fundamentals of society and government and also explores the lives of individuals who contributed to science and the arts. Risjord divides this book into three sections, each exploring one of the era's dominant themes.
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.
Chapter 1 Preface

Chapter 2 Introduction

Part 3 Nation Builders

Chapter 4 Benjamin Franklin: The American Mold

Chapter 5 Samuel Adams: Pure Republican

Chapter 6 George Washington: Gentleman Revolutionary

Chapter 7 Francis Marion: The Swamp Fox

Chapter 8 Abigail Adams: Partner in Home Rule

Chapter 9 Aaron Lopez: An Immigrant's Story

Part 10 Character Builders

Chapter 11 Noah Webster: The Search for National Identity

Chapter 12 Charles Wilson Peale: Patriotism in Color

Chapter 13 Charles Bulfinch: An American Style in Building

Chapter 14 Isaac Backus: Crusader

Chapter 15 Benjamin Rush: Patriot Physician

Chapter 16 Benjamin Banneker: An African-American's Experience

Part 17 Empire Builders

Chapter 18 Eli Whitney and John Jacob Astor: Pioneers of Business

Chapter 19 George Rogers Clark: Conqueror of the Northwest

Chapter 20 James Wilkinson: Master of Imperial Intrigue

Chapter 21 Tecumseh and The Prophet: A Vision Shattered

Chapter 22 Thomas Jefferson: A Summary View