Sam Patch the Famous Jumper

Sam Patch  the Famous Jumper
Author: Paul E. Johnson
Release: 2004-06-16
Editor: Hill and Wang
Pages: 224
ISBN: 1429931957
Language: en
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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.

Sam Patch the Famous Jumper

Sam Patch  the Famous Jumper
Author: Paul E. Johnson
Release: 2004-06-16
Editor: Macmillan
Pages: 240
ISBN: 0809083884
Language: en
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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.

Sam Patch the Famous Jumper

Sam Patch  the Famous Jumper
Author: Paul E. Johnson
Release: 2003
Editor: Macmillan
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9780809083893
Language: en
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Traces the achievements of waterfall jumper Sam Patch, noting his famous jump in Paterson, New Jersey, which led to his being dubbed the "Jersey Jumper;" as well as his two-time jump in Niagara Falls, in an account that offers an analysis of American cultural history in the 1820s.

The Kingdom of Matthias

The Kingdom of Matthias
Author: Paul E. Johnson,Sean Wilentz
Release: 1995-08-03
Editor: Oxford University Press
Pages: 240
ISBN: 0195098358
Language: en
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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.

A Shopkeeper s Millennium

A Shopkeeper s Millennium
Author: Paul E. Johnson
Release: 2004-06-21
Editor: Hill and Wang
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781466806160
Language: en
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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.

The Wonderful Leaps of Sam Patch

The Wonderful Leaps of Sam Patch
Author: McLoughlin Brothers
Release: 2012-01-18
Editor: Applewood Books
Pages: 24
ISBN: 9781429081665
Language: en
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Presents a fictionalized, rhyming version of the life and feats of the famous jumping daredevil.

Escaping Salem

Escaping Salem
Author: Richard Godbeer
Release: 2005
Editor: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages: 177
ISBN: 9780195161298
Language: en
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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.

Streets Railroads and the Great Strike of 1877

Streets  Railroads  and the Great Strike of 1877
Author: David O. Stowell
Release: 1999-06
Editor: University of Chicago Press
Pages: 181
ISBN: 0226776697
Language: en
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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.

The Exchange Artist

The Exchange Artist
Author: Jane Kamensky
Release: 2008
Editor: Penguin
Pages: 442
ISBN: 0670018414
Language: en
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Baseball in Blue and Gray

Baseball in Blue and Gray
Author: George B. Kirsch
Release: 2013-10-24
Editor: Princeton University Press
Pages: 168
ISBN: 9781400849253
Language: en
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During the Civil War, Americans from homefront to battlefront played baseball as never before. While soldiers slaughtered each other over the country's fate, players and fans struggled over the form of the national pastime. George Kirsch gives us a color commentary of the growth and transformation of baseball during the Civil War. He shows that the game was a vital part of the lives of many a soldier and civilian--and that baseball's popularity had everything to do with surging American nationalism. By 1860, baseball was poised to emerge as the American sport. Clubs in northeastern and a few southern cities played various forms of the game. Newspapers published statistics, and governing bodies set rules. But the Civil War years proved crucial in securing the game's place in the American heart. Soldiers with bats in their rucksacks spread baseball to training camps, war prisons, and even front lines. As nationalist fervor heightened, baseball became patriotic. Fans honored it with the title of national pastime. War metaphors were commonplace in sports reporting, and charity games were scheduled. Decades later, Union general Abner Doubleday would be credited (wrongly) with baseball's invention. The Civil War period also saw key developments in the sport itself, including the spread of the New York-style of play, the advent of revised pitching rules, and the growth of commercialism. Kirsch recounts vivid stories of great players and describes soldiers playing ball to relieve boredom. He introduces entrepreneurs who preached the gospel of baseball, boosted female attendance, and found new ways to make money. We witness bitterly contested championships that enthralled whole cities. We watch African Americans embracing baseball despite official exclusion. And we see legends spring from the pens of early sportswriters. Rich with anecdotes and surprising facts, this narrative of baseball's coming-of-age reveals the remarkable extent to which America's national pastime is bound up with the country's defining event.

Accounting for Slavery

Accounting for Slavery
Author: Caitlin Rosenthal
Release: 2019-09-15
Editor: Harvard University Press
Pages: 295
ISBN: 9780674241657
Language: en
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Caitlin Rosenthal explores quantitative management practices on West Indian and Southern plantations, showing how planter-capitalists built sophisticated organizations and used complex accounting tools. By demonstrating that business innovation can be a byproduct of bondage Rosenthal further erodes the false boundary between capitalism and slavery.

Roll Jordan Roll

Roll  Jordan  Roll
Author: Eugene D. Genovese
Release: 1976
Editor: Vintage
Pages: 823
ISBN: 9780394716527
Language: en
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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.

The Early American Republic 1789 1829

The Early American Republic  1789 1829
Author: Paul E. Johnson
Release: 2007
Editor: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages: 194
ISBN: UOM:39015064737276
Language: en
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This brief text covers the political, social, and cultural history of the United States from 1789-1829. While many books approach the period of the Early Republic from two distinct standpoints--either from a social and cultural perspective or from a political point of view--this book synthesizes all aspects of U.S. history during this era. The Early American Republic 1789-1829 centers on two main themes: the politics and the process of nation-making, from the origins of government under the Constitution through the inauguration of Andrew Jackson, and the beginnings of American market society. Discussing the politics of American nationhood, democracy, and capitalism, it also examines such topics as family life, religion, the construction and reconstruction of gender systems, the rise of popular print and other forms of communication, and evolving attitudes toward slavery and race.

Capital Moves

Capital Moves
Author: Jefferson Cowie
Release: 2001
Editor: The New Press
Pages: 279
ISBN: 9781565846593
Language: en
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The highly acclaimed account of one renowned company's labor struggles in its rise to global power. Globalization is the lead story of the new century, but its roots reach back nearly one hundred years, to major corporations' quest for stable, inexpensive, and pliant sources of labor. Before the largest companies moved beyond national boundaries, they crossed state lines, abandoning the industrial centers of the Eastern Seaboard for impoverished rural communities in the Midwest and South. In their wake they left the decaying urban landscapes and unemployment rates that became hallmarks of late-twentieth-century America. This is the story that Jefferson Cowie, in "a stunningly important work of historical imagination and rediscovery" (Nelson Lichtenstein), tells through the lens of a single American corporation, RCA. Capital Moves takes us through the interconnected histories of Camden, New Jersey; Bloomington, Indiana; Memphis, Tennessee; and Juarez, Mexicofour cities radically transformed by America's leading manufacturer of records and radio sets. In a sweeping narrative of economic upheaval and class conflict, Cowie weaves together the rich detail of local history with the nationaland ultimately internationalstory of economic and social change. 22 black-and-white photographs.

Storm over Texas

Storm over Texas
Author: Joel H. Silbey
Release: 2005-08-01
Editor: Oxford University Press
Pages: 256
ISBN: 0198031920
Language: en
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In the Spring of 1844, a fiery political conflict erupted over the admission of Texas into the Union, a hard-fought and bitter controversy that profoundly changed the course of American history. Indeed, as Joel Silbey argues in Storm Over Texas, the battle over Texas marked the crucial moment when partisan differences were transformed into a North-vs-South antagonism, and the momentum towards Civil War leaped into high gear. One of America's renowned political historians, Silbey offers a swiftly paced and compelling narrative of the Texas imbroglio, with an exceptional cast of characters, including John C. Calhoun, John Quincy Adams, James K. Polk, and Martin Van Buren. He shows in particular how the Van Buren bloc of the Democratic Party--the "Barnburners"--stood at the heart the annexation controversy. We see how a series of unexpected moves, some planned, some inadvertent, sparked a crisis that intensified and crystallized the North-South divide, which then became, for the first time, a driving force in national affairs. Sectionalism, Silbey shows, had often been intense, but rarely widespread and generally well contained by other forces on the political landscape. But after Texas statehood, the political landscape was transformed into one sculpted by implacable sectional differences. The bitter discord over annexation--with slavery the core issue--was the seed from which America's great crisis of union grew, leading ultimately to Southern secession and Civil War. The Texas controversy released demons that were never again pushed back into the bottle. With subtlety, great care, and much imagination, Joel Silbey shows that this brief political struggle became, in the words of an Alabama congressman, "the greatest question of the age"--indeed, a pivotal moment in American history.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Author: Lori D. Ginzberg
Release: 2010-08-31
Editor: Hill and Wang
Pages: 272
ISBN: 1429978953
Language: en
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Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a brilliant activist-intellectual. That nearly all of her ideas—that women are entitled to seek an education, to own property, to get a divorce, and to vote—are now commonplace is in large part because she worked tirelessly to extend the nation's promise of radical individualism to women. In this subtly crafted biography, the historian Lori D. Ginzberg narrates the life of a woman of great charm, enormous appetite, and extraordinary intellectual gifts who turned the limitations placed on women like herself into a universal philosophy of equal rights. Few could match Stanton's self-confidence; loving an argument, she rarely wavered in her assumption that she had won. But she was no secular saint, and her positions were not always on the side of the broadest possible conception of justice and social change. Elitism runs through Stanton's life and thought, defined most often by class, frequently by race, and always by intellect. Even her closest friends found her absolutism both thrilling and exasperating, for Stanton could be an excellent ally and a bothersome menace, sometimes simultaneously. At once critical and admiring, Ginzberg captures Stanton's ambiguous place in the world of reformers and intellectuals, describes how she changed the world, and suggests that Stanton left a mixed legacy that continues to haunt American feminism.

Hidden History of the Finger Lakes

Hidden History of the Finger Lakes
Author: Patti Unvericht
Release: 2018-07-16
Editor: Arcadia Publishing
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9781467138192
Language: en
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New York's Finger Lakes region is filled with compelling characters, tragic disasters and fascinating mysteries. Famed daredevil Sam Patch, known as the "Yankee Leaper," thrilled audiences at Niagara Falls but took his last jump into the Genesee River with his pet black bear, plummeting to his death. The first ever Memorial Day was celebrated in Waterloo in 1866 and inspired a nation to adopt the holiday. Seneca Lake claims its fair share of ships, including the Onondaga, which was blown up with dynamite as part of a spectacle to commemorate the sinking of the USS Maine. Author Patti Unvericht reveals the forgotten history of the Finger Lakes region.

The Thrill Makers

The Thrill Makers
Author: Jacob Smith
Release: 2012
Editor: Univ of California Press
Pages: 270
ISBN: 9780520270886
Language: en
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"Starring human flies, daredevil aviators, bridge jumpers, and lion tamers, The Thrill Makers is a great read, as evocative as it is theoretically savvy, and convincingly argued. Culling telling details from a host of long-overlooked sources, Jacob Smith's account of sensational, high-risk public performance from the Victorian age to the 1930s unearths and illuminates the interwoven histories of public spectacle, masculinity, the motion picture industry, new forms of celebrity, and the expanding American metropolis."--Greg Waller, Department of Communication and Culture, Indiana University. "The Thrill Makers is an historical tour-de-force that illuminates the origins of risk-taking performance in American entertainment, and shows how its practitioners were gradually marginalized as invisible stunt doubles during the rise of the motion picture industry. Smith's analysis of the lion tamer, the human fly, and the airplane wing-walker--as well as the many others who thrilled audiences before and during the advent of cinema--inspires us to reconsider the nature of media spectacle, masculinity, performance, celebrity, and labor at the turn of the last century. Impeccably researched, this book is a captivating read that re-frames the emergence of cinema in the context of its relationship to other forms of modern entertainment."--Barbara Klinger, author of Beyond the Multiplex: Cinema, New Technologies, and the Home.

Sam Patch the Big Time Jumper

Sam Patch  the Big Time Jumper
Author: Carol Beach York,Bert Dodson
Release: 1980
Editor: Troll Communications Llc
Pages: 46
ISBN: 0893753068
Language: en
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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.

Moral Minorities and the Making of American Democracy

Moral Minorities and the Making of American Democracy
Author: Kyle G. Volk
Release: 2014
Editor: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages: 291
ISBN: 9780199371914
Language: en
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This work unearths the origins of popular minority-rights politics in American history. Focusing on controversies spurred by grassroots moral reform in the early 19th century, it shows how a motley array of self-understood minorities reshaped American democracy as they battled laws regulating Sabbath observance, alcohol, and interracial contact.