Sam Patch The Famous Jumper

Sam Patch The Famous Jumper

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The true history of a legendary American folk hero In the 1820s, a fellow named Sam Patch grew up in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, working there (when he wasn't drinking) as a mill hand for one of America's new textile companies. Sam made a name for himself one day by jumping seventy feet into the tumultuous waters below Pawtucket Falls. When in 1827 he repeated the stunt in Paterson, New Jersey, another mill town, an even larger audience gathered to cheer on the daredevil they would call the "Jersey Jumper." Inevitably, he went to Niagara Falls, where in 1829 he jumped not once but twice in front of thousands who had paid for a good view. The distinguished social historian Paul E. Johnson gives this deceptively simple story all its deserved richness, revealing in its characters and social settings a virtual microcosm of Jacksonian America. He also relates the real jumper to the mythic Sam Patch who turned up as a daring moral hero in the works of Hawthorne and Melville, in London plays and pantomimes, and in the spotlight with Davy Crockett—a Sam Patch who became the namesake of Andrew Jackson's favorite horse. In his shrewd and powerful analysis, Johnson casts new light on aspects of American society that we may have overlooked or underestimated. This is innovative American history at its best.

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Genre : History
Author by : Paul E. Johnson
Publisher : Hill and Wang
Release : 2004-06-16
File : 224 Pages
ISBN : 1429931957


The Kingdom Of Matthias

The Kingdom Of Matthias

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This book brings to life the spiritual and sexual tensions of mid-19th-century America through the sensational and unforgettable story of the cult of Matthias.

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Genre : History
Author by : Paul E. Johnson
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Release : 1995-08-03
File : 240 Pages
ISBN : 0195098358


A Shopkeeper S Millennium

A Shopkeeper S Millennium

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A quarter-century after its first publication, A Shopkeeper's Millennium remains a landmark work--brilliant both as a new interpretation of the intimate connections among politics, economy, and religion during the Second Great Awakening, and as a surprising portrait of a rapidly growing frontier city. The religious revival that transformed America in the 1820s, making it the most militantly Protestant nation on earth and spawning reform movements dedicated to temperance and to the abolition of slavery, had an especially powerful effect in Rochester, New York. Paul E. Johnson explores the reasons for the revival's spectacular success there, suggesting important links between its moral accounting and the city's new industrial world. In a new preface, he reassesses his evidence and his conclusions in this major work.

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Genre : History
Author by : Paul E. Johnson
Publisher : Hill and Wang
Release : 2004-06-21
File : 240 Pages
ISBN : 9781466806160


Roll Jordan Roll

Roll Jordan Roll

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A definitive account of slave life in the Old South and the role of the slaves in fashioning a Black national culture.

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Genre : History
Author by : Eugene D. Genovese
Publisher : Vintage
Release : 1976
File : 823 Pages
ISBN : 9780394716527


Sam Patch The Big Time Jumper

Sam Patch The Big Time Jumper

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Relates the extraordinary feats of Sam Patch, the early nineteenth-century daredevil jumper, whose greatest achievement was jumping off Niagara Falls.

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Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
Author by : Carol Beach York
Publisher : Troll Communications Llc
Release : 1980
File : 46 Pages
ISBN : 0893753068


Heir To The Empire City

Heir To The Empire City

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"Theodore Roosevelt is best remembered as America's prototypical "cowboy" president--an outdoorsy, rough-riding figure who was as versatile with a six-shooter as he was with a pen, and who derived his political wisdom from a life spent in rugged and inhospitable environs: the Dakota Badlands, the battlefields of Cuba, and the African savannah. Roosevelt himself did little to dispel his outdoorsy aura, and for decades historians have bought into this mythology. Yet while such experiences certainly contributed to Roosevelt's progressive politics and abiding love of the natural world, they've played an excessive role in defining his biography. In fact, Roosevelt was a native Manhattanite who came of age in the upper crust of New York society, and the reformist, anti-corruption policies for which he would come to be known were firmly rooted in the realities of life in the 19th-century city. A riveting portrait of a man and a city on the brink of greatness, Heir to the Empire City reveals that Roosevelt was a New Yorker through and through, and that his true education took place not on the ranges of the West but on the mean streets of New York"--

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Genre : History
Author by : Edward P. Kohn
Publisher : Basic Books
Release : 2013-12-10
File : 272 Pages
ISBN : 9780465069750


Escaping Salem

Escaping Salem

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Describes the witch hunt that took place in Stamford, Connecticut, in 1692, detailing the story of Kate Branch, a seventeen-year-old afflicted by strange visions and given to wails of pain and fright, who accused several women of bewitching her.

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Genre : History
Author by : Richard Godbeer
Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
Release : 2005
File : 177 Pages
ISBN : 9780195161298


Streets Railroads And The Great Strike Of 1877

Streets Railroads And The Great Strike Of 1877

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Compares the experiences of the New York communities of Albany, Buffalo, and Syracuse during the strikes of 1877, and argues that the crowds were seeking control over urban space, rather than higher wages or workplace control.

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Genre : History
Author by : David O. Stowell
Publisher : University of Chicago Press
Release : 1999-06
File : 181 Pages
ISBN : 0226776697


The Wonderful Leaps Of Sam Patch

The Wonderful Leaps Of Sam Patch

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Presents a fictionalized, rhyming version of the life and feats of the famous jumping daredevil.

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Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
Author by : McLoughlin Brothers
Publisher : Applewood Books
Release : 2012-01-18
File : 24 Pages
ISBN : 9781429081665


Fire In A Canebrake

Fire In A Canebrake

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On that July evening in 1946, the leader counted aloud and the mob of white men fired. Seconds later, the leader counted again, "One, two, three," and the mob fired once more. After the third and final volley of gunshots, the white men got into their cars and drove off, leaving the bullet-ridden bodies of two young black men and two young black women lying in the dirt near Moore's Ford Bridge in rural Walton County, Georgia. Since that summer evening, there have never been as many victims lynched in a single day in America. Now, more than a half century later, Laura Wexler offers the first full account of the Moore's Ford lynching, a murder so brutal it stunned the nation and motivated President Harry Truman to put civil rights at the forefront of his national agenda. With the style of a novelist, the authority of a historian, and the tenacity of a journalist, Wexler recounts the lynching and the resulting four-month FBI investigation. Drawing from interviews, archival sources, and an uncensored FBI report, she takes us deep into the landscape of 1946 Georgia, creating unforgettable portraits of sharecroppers, sheriffs, bootleggers, the victims, and the men who may have killed them. Fire in a Canebrake pursues the legacy of the Moore's Ford lynching into the present, exploring the conflicting memories of Walton County's black and white citizens and examining the testimony of a white man who claims he was a secret witness to the crime. In 2001, the governor of Georgia issued a new reward for information leading to the arrest of the lynchers. Several suspects named in the FBI's 1946 investigation are still alive, and there is no statute of limitations on the crime of murder. Fire in a Canebrake -- a phrase local people used to describe the sound of the fatal gunshots -- is a moving and often frightening tale of violence, sex, and lies. It is also a disturbing snapshot of a divided nation on the brink of the civil rights movement and a haunting meditation on race, history, and the struggle for truth.

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Genre : History
Author by : Laura Wexler
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Release : 2013-08-13
File : 288 Pages
ISBN : 9781439125298