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America writes its history, 1650/1850 : the formation of a national narrative

Author: Jude M Pfister
Publisher: Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2014]
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By turns irreverent, sympathetic and amusing, America Writes Its History, 1650-1850 adds to the public discourse on national identity as advanced through the written word. Highlighting the contributions of American writers who focused on history, the author shows that for nearly 200 years writers struggled to reflect, or influence, the public perception of America by Americans. This book is an introduction to the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
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Pfister, Jude M.
America writes its history, 1650/1850
(DLC) 2014016956
(OCoLC)859384941
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jude M Pfister
ISBN: 9781476614489 1476614482
OCLC Number: 880147804
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover --
Table of Contents --
Acknowledgments --
Preface --
Introduction --
Part I --
1. America as a Topic of Historical Inquiry --
2. European Models of History and the American Revolution --
3. American Writing in the Age of American Independence --
Part II --
4. Writing About the Founding --
5. Three Giants of Historical Writing in America in 1800 --
6. Other Genres of Writing About History --
7. George Washington-Retirement and Death --
Part III --
8. Ramsay and Weems: Biographers --
9. Bushrod Washington and John Marshall Write The Life of George Washington --
Part IV --
10. Jared Sparks and the Writing of The Life and Writings of George Washington --
11. The Harvest of Sparks' Washington --
12. The Bitter Harvest of Sparks' Washington --
Conclusion: The Benefits of History --
Epilogue: The German Influence on Sparks --
Appendix 1: Jared Sparks to Bushrod Washington, January 26, 1826 --
Appendix 2: Bushrod Washington to Jared Sparks, March 13, 1826 --
Appendix 3: Washington Papers Contract --
Appendix 4: Major Works by Jared Sparks --
Appendix 5: Literary and Historical Societies to Which Jared Sparks Was Elected --
Appendix 6: George C. Washington to Jared Sparks, 1849 --
Chapter Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Jude M. Pfister.

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By turns irreverent, sympathetic and amusing, America Writes Its History, 1650-1850 adds to the public discourse on national identity as advanced through the written word. Highlighting the  Read more...

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