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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Author of the best-selling Benjamin Franklin, Morgan (Sterling Professor, emeritus, history, Yale Univ.) is one of the most respected authorities on American Colonial and Revolutionary history. His ... Read full review

Contents

Americas First Great Man
5
Heaven Cant Wait
15
Those Sexy Puritans
22
The Chosen People
31
Subject Women
40
WitchHunting
54
Bewitched
61
SOUTHERNERS
71
A Loyal UnAmerican
147
The Oedipal Revolution
156
Secrets of Benjamin Franklin
163
Dont Tread On Us
185
The Fixers
197
The Great Political Fiction
207
Power to the People?
225
The Second American Revolution
236

Our Town
75
The Fall of the Gentry
83
The Big American Crime
90
Plantation Blues
108
The Price of Honor
122
REVOLUTIONARIES
133
How the French Lost America
137
The Genuine Article
248
QUESTIONS OF CULTURE
261
Persuading the Persuaded
265
Whos Really Who
275
NOTES
295
INDEX
301
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Edmund S. Morgan (1916–2013) was the Sterling Professor Emeritus at Yale University and the recipient of the National Humanities Medal, the Pulitzer Prize, and the American Academy’s Gold Medal. The author of The Genuine Article; American Slavery, American Freedom; Benjamin Franklin; and American Heroes, among many others.

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