The American Democrat and Other Political Writings

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Regnery Publishing, Feb 1, 2001 - History - 164 pages
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This is the essential collection of James Fenimore Cooper's political writings.
  

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User Review  - Scott Reighard - Goodreads

I have always been a fan of James Fenimore Cooper. From my high school days, a young boy in search of adventures in reading, found Natty Bumppo to be an interesting character. Cooper was perhaps ... Read full review

Review: The American Democrat and Other Political Writings

User Review  - Lani - Goodreads

Just remembered this was on my shelf and I'd be curious to read it again--my first take was that he was picky and fretful over insignificant nothings...wonder if my opinion would change? Who knows. Read full review

Contents

Notions of the Americans
1
A Letter to His Countrymen
267
The American Democrat or Hints on the Social and
361
Note on the Editors
495
Index
497
Copyright

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Page xi - This perennial rebirth, this fluidity of American life, this expansion westward with its new opportunities, its continuous touch with the simplicity of primitive society,
Page xi - the habits of the ‘Leatherstocking' were so nearly assimilated to those of the savages, the conjunction of their interests excited no surprise. They resided in the same cabin, ate of the same food, and were chiefly occupied in the same pursuits.
Page vii - is hourly exhibiting how much can be done, in even a rugged country, and with a severe climate, under the dominion of mild laws, and where every man feels a direct interest in the prosperity of
Page vii - Places for the worship of God abound with that frequency which characterizes a moral and reflecting people, and with that variety of exterior and canonical government which flows from unfettered liberty of conscience,

About the author (2001)

James Fenimore Cooper, acclaimed as one of the first American novelists, was born in Burlington, N.J., on September 15, 1789. When he was one year old, his family moved to Cooperstown, N.Y., which was founded by his father. Cooper attended various grammar schools in Burlington, Cooperstown, and Albany, and entered Yale University in 1803 at the age of 13. In 1806, Cooper was expelled from Yale for pushing a rag with gunpowder under a classmate's door, causing it to explode. He then spent some time as a merchant seaman and served as a midshipman in the U.S. Navy from 1808-1811. In 1811, Cooper married Susan De Lancey, and lived the life of a country gentleman until one day in 1820. Cooper and his wife were reading a book together. When Cooper told Susan that he could write a better book than the one they were reading, she challenged him to do so. Thus began his career as an author, with Precaution (first published anonymously). Cooper is known for writing more than 50 works under his own name, Jane Morgan, and Anonymous. His works included fiction, nonfiction, history, and travel sketches. He gained insight for his travel works while the Cooper family lived in Europe from 1826 to 1833. Cooper is best known for the novel The Last of The Mohicans, which has been made into several motion picture adaptations, the most recent starring Daniel Day-Lewis as Hawkeye. The Last of the Mohicans is part of The Leatherstocking Tales, which includes the other novels, The Pioneers, The Deerslayer, and The Pathfinder. Hawkeye, whose given name is Nathaniel Bumpo, is a recurring character in the series which accurately chronicles early American pioneering life and events during the French and Indian War. In 1851, Cooper developed a liver condition, dying on September 14th of that year, just one day before his 62nd birthday.

Birzer is an Assistant Professor of History at Hillsdale College. A senior fellow with the Center for the American Idea in Houston, hehas written extensively on Tolkien, James Fenimore Cooper, the American frontier and American Indians, and Christopher Dawson.

Willson is Salvatori Professor of History and Traditional Values at Hillsdale College. A recipient of numerous awards for excellence in teaching, Dr. Willson specializes in the history of eighteenth and early nineteenth-century American republic.

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