The story of America : essays on origins
- Lepore, Jill, 1966-
- Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2012.
- Physical description
- viii, 416 p. ; 23 cm.
E173 .L47 2012
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- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Introduction 1 1. Here He Lyes 17 2. A Pilgrim Passed I 31 3. The Way to Wealth 44 4. The Age of Paine 59 5. We the Parchment 72 6. I.O.U. 91 7. A Nue Merrykin Dikshunary 111 8. His Highness 130 9. Man of the People 146 10. Pickwick in America 159 11. The Humbug 178 12. President Tom's Cabin 197 13. Pride of the Prairie 209 14. Longfellow's Ride 220 15. Rock, Paper, Scissors 240 16. Objection 254 17. Chan the Man 268 18. The Uprooted 279 19. Rap Sheet 291 20. To Wit 304 Notes 319 Index 399.
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- Publisher's Summary
- In "The Story of America", Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore investigates American origin stories - from John Smith's account of the founding of Jamestown in 1607 to Barack Obama's 2009 inaugural address - to show how American democracy is bound up with the history of print. Over the centuries, Americans have read and written their way into a political culture of ink and type. Part civics primer, part cultural history, "The Story of America" excavates the origins of everything from the paper ballot and the Constitution to the I.O.U. and the dictionary. Along the way it presents fresh readings of Benjamin Franklin's "Way to Wealth", Thomas Paine's "Common Sense", "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe, and "Paul Revere's Ride" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, as well as histories of lesser-known genres, including biographies of presidents, novels of immigrants, and accounts of the "Depression". From past to present, Lepore argues, Americans have wrestled with the idea of democracy by telling stories. In this thoughtful and provocative book, Lepore offers at once a history of origin stories and a meditation on storytelling itself.
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- Publication date
- Jill Lepore.