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After the Revolution : profiles of early American culture
Ellis, Joseph J.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Norton, [1979]

Physical Description:
xvi, 256 pages ; 23 cm
Reading Level:
1470 Lexile.
Format :

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Through Portraits of four figures -- Charles Willson Peale, Hugh Henry Brackenridge, William Dunlap, and Noah Webster -- Joseph Ellis provides a unique perspective on the role of culture in post-Revolutionary America, both its high expectations and its frustrations. Each life is fascinating in its own right, and each is used to brightly illuminate the historical context. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.

Author Notes

Joseph J. Ellis was born in Washington, D.C. on July 18, 1943. He received a B.A. from the College of William and Mary in 1965 and a M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Yale University.

He was an instructor in the department of American studies at Yale University from 1968 to 1969 and an assistant professor in the department of history and social studies at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point from 1969 to 1972. He began his career at Mount Holyoke College as assistant professor in the department of history in 1972 and was made professor in 1979. Ellis was dean of the faculty at Mount Holyoke from 1980 to 1990. He retired from his position as the Ford Foundation Professor of History at Mount Holyoke College.

He is the author of numerous books including After the Revolution: Profiles of Early American Culture, His Excellency: George Washington, American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic, First Family: Abigail and John Adams, Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence, and The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789. He has received the National Book Award in Nonfiction for American Sphinx in 1997 and the Pulitzer Prize for History for Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation in 2001.

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Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Part 1 Premonitions and Paradoxes in the Revolutionary Era
Chapter 1 Premonitions: An American Athensp. 3
Chapter 2 Paradoxes: Culture and Capitalismp. 23
Part 2 Profiles
Chapter 3 Charles Willson Peale: Portrait of the American Artist as Virtuous Entrepreneurp. 41
Chapter 4 Hugh Henry Brackenridge: The Novelist as Reluctant Democratp. 73
Chapter 5 William Dunlap: The Dramatist as Benevolent Patriarchp. 113
Chapter 6 Noah Webster: The Connecticut Yankee as Nationalistp. 161
Epilogue: New Critics: Toward Emersonp. 213
Notesp. 223
Indexp. 252