Find a copy in the library
Finding libraries that hold this item...
|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Unger, Harlow G., 1931-
New York : John Wiley & Sons, ©2000
|Named Person:||John Hancock; John Hancock, Politiker 1737-1793.; John Hancock|
|Material Type:||Biography, Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Book, Internet Resource|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Harlow G Unger
|Description:||xvi, 383 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm|
|Contents:||The boy on beacon hill (1737-1750) --
The merchant king (1724-1750) --
The merchant prince (1750-1764) --
Of stamps and taxes (1764-1765) --
"Mad rant and porterly reviling" (1765) --
A hero by circumstance (1765-1768) --
"Idol of the mob" (1768-1770) --
"Tea in a trice" (1770-1773) --
High treason (1774-1775) --
President of Congress (1775-1776) --
Founding father (1776) --
President of the United States (1776-1777) --
A model major general (1777-1780) --
His excellency the governor (1780-1785) --
Hancock! Hancock! Even to the end (1785-1793) --
Selected bibliography of principal sources --
|Responsibility:||Harlow Giles Unger.|
"As Unger reveals in this portrait, Hancock was one of the most paradoxical figures of his time. Arguably the wealthiest man in the American colonies, he unabashedly reveled in his riches, adoring all the foppish trappings he could buy. But his commitment to individual liberty eventually transformed him into a fervent revolutionary, venerated equally by his establishment peers at Harvard as he was by the rebels - the Minutemen who did the fighting and the Boston street mobs who declared him their hero even as they burned the homes of other aristocrats. To repay their respect, he sacrificed his fortune and risked death by hanging to win independence from the British.
A brilliant orator, he combined his wealth and political skills to unite Boston's merchant and working classes into an armed might that forced Britain's vaunted professional army to evacuate Boston, assuring the success of the Revolution." "Here is the story of the man with the most recognizable signature in American history. Intertwining Hancock's story with that of the colorful Samuel Adams, his fellow Bostonian (and Harvard man) who was both comrade in arms and political enemy, Unger etches a finely drawn portrait of one of the Revolutionary War's greatest - and possibly least known - leaders."--Jacket.
- Hancock, John, -- 1737-1793.
- United States. -- Declaration of Independence -- Signers -- Biography.
- United States. -- Continental Congress -- Presidents -- Biography.
- Hancock, John -- Politiker, 1737-1793.
- Statesmen -- United States -- Biography.
- United States -- Politics and government -- 1775-1783.
- Massachusetts -- Politics and government -- 1775-1783.