By Michæl Zuckerman
Few historians are daring adequate to move after America's sacred cows of their own pastures. yet Michael Zuckerman is not any traditional historian, and this selection of his essays isn't any usual book.In his attempt to remake the which means of the yankee culture, Zuckerman takes the complete sweep of yankee background for his province. The essays during this assortment, together with by no means earlier than released and a brand new autobiographical advent, diversity from early New England settlements to the hallowed corridors of contemporary Washington. between his topics are Puritans and Southern gentry, Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Spock, P. T. Barnum and Ronald Reagan. accumulating scammers and scoundrels, racists and rebels, in addition to the purest genius, he writes to seize the unadorned American character.Recognized for his power, eloquence, and iconoclasm, Zuckerman is understood for provoking--and occasionally virtually seducing--historians into rethinking their so much loved assumptions in regards to the American prior. Now his many enthusiasts, and readers of each persuasion, can newly savour the certain abilities of 1 of America's strongest social critics.
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Includes bibliographical references and index. Title. 481984. Page vii To Sharon Ann Holt my chosen person Page ix Contents Introduction 1 1 The Fabrication of Identity in Early America 21 2 The Social Context of Democracy in Massachusetts 55 3 Pilgrims in the Wilderness: Community, Modernity, and the Maypole at Merry Mount 77 4 The Family Life of William Byrd 97 5 The Selling of the Self: From Franklin to Barnum 145 6 The Power of Blackness: Thomas Jefferson and the Revolution in St. Domingue 175 7 The Nursery Tales of Horatio Alger 219 Page x 8 Faith, Hope, Not Much Charity: The Optimistic Epistemology of Lewis Mumford 239 9 Dr.
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Almost chosen people: oblique biographies in the American grain by Michæl Zuckerman