The Genuine Article: A Historian Looks at Early America

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2004 - History - 315 pages
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A passionate and unparalleled look at the lives of the American colonists by the best-selling author of Benjamin Franklin. "This book amounts to an intellectual autobiography....These pieces are thus a statement of what I have thought about early Americans during nearly seventy years in their company," writes historian Edmund S. Morgan. Dividing his work into twenty-four essays with sections on "New Englanders," "Southerners," and "Revolutionaries," Morgan examines the history of the American colonies from the arrival of the first settlers in 1607 to the radical changes brought forth by the American Revolution. Filled with illuminating discussions of American leaders, including Winthrop, Franklin, Washington, Jefferson, and Madison, the book is extraordinary in its rangefrom the (quite lusty) sex lives of the Puritans to the witch trials in Salem and the corrosive effects of slavery on the soul of Virginia. No living historian has had a more profound role in shaping our perceptions of the American colonies than Morgan, and The Genuine Article reflects the genius of this modest giant like no other previous work.
  

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User Review  - Priscilla - Goodreads

Although it is strange to read historians reviewing other history books or essays, I found it interesting how the author would critique others' works. It certainly made me realize that history is ... Read full review

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User Review  - Craig - Goodreads

The author, Edmund Morgan, obviously knows his history. And is as expert an historian I've read when it comes to knowing previous historical works and what they covered. So in that sense, this book is ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Edmund Morgan spent most of his youth in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was educated at the Belmont Hill School, Harvard, and the London School of Economics. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1942 and three years later began his teaching career at the University of Chicago.From there he moved first to Brown University and then to Yale, where he became Sterling Professor in 1965 and emeritus in 1986. Morgan's historical writings greatly enhance our understanding of such complex aspects of the American experience as Puritanism, the Revolution, and the relationship between slavery and racism. At the same time, they captivate readers in the classroom and beyond. His work is a felicitous blend of rigorous scholarship, imaginative analysis, and graceful presentation. Although sometimes characterized as the quintessential Whig historian, in reality Morgan transcends simplistic categorization and has done more, perhaps, than any other historian to open new and creative paths of inquiry into the meaning of the early American experience.

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