After the Revolution: Profiles of Early American Culture

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages

An entrepreneur, a writer who wanted to depict an ideal society, a dramatist who tried to reconcile high aesthetic standards and populism, and a Connecticut Yankee who ran into the contradictions of conservatism and liberalism--each of the four men depicted in this book had a vision of what kind of society post-Revolutionary America should be. Through portraits of these bellwether figures, the prize-winning historian Joseph J. Ellis examines the currents that were shaping the new country.

 

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Contents

Premonitions and Paradoxes in the Revolutionary Era
1
Premonitions An American Athens
3
Paradoxes Culture and Capitalism
23
Profiles
39
Charles Willson Peale Portrait of the American Artist as Virtuous Entrepreneur
41
Hugh Henry Brackenridge The Novelist as Reluctant Democrat
73
William Dunlap The Dramatist as Benevolent Patriarch
113
Noah Webster The Connecticut Yankee as Nationalist
161
New Critics Toward Emerson
213
Notes
223
Index
252
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About the author (2002)

Joseph J. Ellis is Ford Foundation Professor of History at Mount Holyoke College and author of the National Book Award-winning American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Founding Brothers, and Passionate Sage.

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