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The human tradition in antebellum America
Morrison, Michael A., 1948-
Publication Information:
Wilmington, Del. : SR Books, 2000.
Physical Description:
xxiv, 251 pages ; 24 cm.
Shuttles of a new nation: the private lives and public actions of ordinary Americans / Michael A. Morrison -- Abraham Bishop: teacher, lawyer, orator, and politician / Stephen R. Grossbart -- John Wesley Young: identity and community among "the people called Methodist" / Ruth Alden Doan -- Trotter & sons: merchants and the early west / Craig Thompson Friend -- Hiram Hill: house carpenter, lumber dealer, self-made man / Gary J. Kornbluth -- Senator John Smith: the rise and fall of a frontier entrepreneur / Andrew R.L. Cayton -- Arsène Lacarrière Latour: immigrant, patriot-historian, and foreign agent / Gene A. Smith -- Thomas Sidney Jesup: soldier, bureaucrat, gentleman democrat / Samuel J. Watson -- John Ross: Cherokee chief and defender of the nation / Mary Young -- Peter P. Pitchlynn: race and identity in nineteenth-century America / Donna L. Akers -- Hosea Easton: forgotten abolitionist "giant" / George R. Price -- Laura Wirt Randall: a woman's life, 1803-1833 / Anya Jabour -- Rebecca Reed: anti-Catholic agitator / Daniel A. Cohen -- Margaret Eaton: the politics of gender in Jacksonian America / John F. Marszalek / Benjamin Tappan: democrat, scientist, iconoclast / Daniel Feller -- George Washington Harris: the fool from the hills / John Mayfield.

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Author Notes

Michael A. Morrison teaches antebellum and U.S. political history at Purdue University. He is coeditor of the Journal of the Early Republic.

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Morrison (Purdue Univ.) has brought together 15 biographical essays profiling the lives of Americans who have seldom if ever appeared in histories. Nevertheless, the biographies give valuable insights into certain broad themes that had begun to shape American life during the antebellum period--the democratization of society and politics; the rapidly transforming market economy; the relationship among personal gain, professional politics, and the military; racism and violence; changing gender roles; and the evolution of American society from the Jeffersonian era to the age of Jackson. The essays describe the little-known lives of such people as John Wesley Young, a Methodist circuit rider with no formal theological training; Ars`ene Lacarri`ere Latour, French-born adventurer of uncertain loyalties who was General Andrew Jackson's military engineer at the Battle of New Orleans; John Ross, steadfast defender of the Cherokees; Peggy Eaton, whose scandalous reputation produced a national political crisis during Jackson's presidency; George Washington Harris, creator of that redneck critic of antebellum southern society Sut Lovingood; and others who bring the world of antebellum Americans alive. Highly recommended for general and academic collections. E. M. Thomas; Gordon College

Table of Contents

Michael A. MorrisonStephen R. GrossbartRuth Alden DoanCraig Thompson FriendGary J. KornblithAndrew R. L. CaytonGene A. SmithSamuel J. WatsonMary YoungDonna L. AkersGeorge R. PriceAnya JabourDaniel A. CohenJohn F. MarszalekDaniel FellerJohn Mayfield
Introduction--Shuttles of a New Nation: The Private Lives and Public Actions of Ordinary Americansp. xiii
1 Abraham Bishop: Teacher, Lawyer, Orator, and Politicianp. 1
2 John Wesley Young: Identity and Community among "the People Called Methodist"p. 19
3 Trotter and Sons: Merchants and the Early Westp. 35
4 Hiram Hill: House Carpenter, Lumber Dealer, Self-Made Manp. 53
5 Senator John Smith: The Rise and Fall of a Frontier Entrepreneurp. 67
6 Arsene Lacarriere Latour: Immigrant, Patriot-Historian, and Foreign Agentp. 83
7 Thomas Sidney Jesup: Soldier, Bureaucrat, Gentleman Democratp. 99
8 John Ross: Cherokee Chief and Defender of the Nationp. 115
9 Peter P. Pitchlynn: Race and Identity in Nineteenth-Century Americap. 131
10 Hosea Easton: Forgotten Abolitionist "Giant"p. 147
11 Laura Wirt Randall: A Woman's Life, 1803-1833p. 165
12 Rebecca Reed: Anti-Catholic Agitatorp. 181
13 Margaret Eaton: The Politics of Gender in Jacksonian Americap. 199
14 Benjamin Tappan: Democrat, Scientist, Iconoclastp. 213
15 George Washington Harris: The Fool from the Hillsp. 229
Indexp. 245