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The human tradition in America from the colonial era through Reconstruction
Calhoun, Charles W. (Charles William), 1948-
Publication Information:
Wilmington, Del. : SR Books, [2002]

Physical Description:
xxii, 323 pages ; 24 cm.

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The Human Tradition in America from the Colonial Era through Reconstruction is a collection of the best biographical sketches from several volumes in SR Books' popular Human Tradition in America Series. Compiled by Series Editor Charles W. Calhoun, this book brings American history to life by illuminating the lives of ordinary Americans. This examination of common individuals helps personalize the nation's past in a way that examining only broad concepts and forces cannot. By including a wide range of people with respect to ethnicity, race, gender and geographic region, Prof. Calhoun has developed a text that highlights the diversity of the American experience.

Author Notes

Charles W. Calhoun is professor of history at East Carolina University and former president of the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.

Table of Contents

Charles W. CalhounNeal SalisburyMarilyn WesterkampRosalind J. BeilerRobert J. AllisonGary L. HewittJohn ShyGary B. NashMarla R. MillerLaura McCallDonna L. AkersGeorge R. PriceAnya JabourHelen DeeseJohn MayfieldSteven E. WoodworthEthan S. RafuseLesley J. GordonRichard Lowe
Introductionp. xi
1 Squanto: Last of the Patuxetp. 1
2 Anne Hutchinson, the Puritan Patriarchs, and the Power of the Spiritp. 17
3 Caspar Wistar: German-American Entrepreneur and Cultural Brokerp. 39
4 Olaudah Equiano: An African in Slavery and Freedomp. 59
5 Eliza Lucas Pinckney: Vegetables and Virtuep. 73
6 Benjamin Gilbert and Jacob Nagle: Soldiers of the American Revolutionp. 95
7 Absalom Jones and the African Church of Philadelphia: "To Arise out of the Dust"p. 117
8 Rebecca Dickinson: A Life Alone in the Early Republicp. 143
9 Sacagawea: A Historical Enigmap. 163
10 Peter P. Pitchlynn: Race and Identity in Nineteenth-Century Americap. 179
11 Hosea Easton: Forgotten Abolitionist "Giant"p. 195
12 Laura Wirt Randall: A Woman's Life, 1803-1833p. 211
13 Caroline Healey Dall: Transcendentalist Activistp. 227
14 George Washington Harris: The Fool from the Hillsp. 241
15 Sgt. Peter Welsh: "Is That Not Worth Fiting For?"p. 255
16 Winfield Scott Hancock: "The Knightly Corps Commander"p. 269
17 LaSalle Corbell Pickett: "What Happened to Me"p. 285
18 Willis Augustus Hodges: "We Are Now Coming to New Things"p. 297
Indexp. 309