By Edmund S. Morgan

ISBN-10: 039330454X

ISBN-13: 9780393304541

“A clever, humane and fantastically written book.”―Bret Stephens, Wall road Journal

From the best-selling writer of Benjamin Franklin comes this striking paintings that may support redefine our concept of yankee heroism. americans have lengthy been keen about their heroes, however the women and men dramatically portrayed listed below are no longer celebrated for the common banal purposes contained in Founding Fathers hagiography. easily not easy those that persist in revering the yankee historical past establishment and its tropes and falsehoods, Morgan, now ninety-three, keeps to think that the earlier just isn't how it turns out.

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The last essay, like so many of the others, is an appreciation, a tribute. Perry Miller transformed modern understanding of the Puritans and, as mentor and friend, transformed me. I hold him personally responsible for whatever is new and true that I may have learned or taught about early America, in these essays or anywhere else. —Edmund S. Morgan New Haven, Connecticut July 2008 Part One THE CONQUERORS CHAPTER ONE The Conquerors IN THE YEAR 1513 a group of men led by Vasco Núñez de Balboa marched across the Isthmus of Panama and discovered the Pacific Ocean.

Columbus had no doubts about how to proceed, either with the lovable but lazy Arawaks or with the hateful but industrious Cannibals. He had come to take possession and to establish dominion. The Arawaks of Española would obviously make good subjects. He had no sooner set eyes on them than he began making plans. In almost the same breath he described their gentleness and innocence and then went on to assure the king and queen of Spain, “They have no arms and are all naked and without any knowledge of war, and very cowardly, so that a thousand of them would not face three.

United States—History—1783–1815—Biography. 4. Heroes—United States—Biography. I. Title. 2—dc22 2009000714 W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. Y. com W. W. Norton & Company Ltd. Castle House, 75/76 Wells Street, London W1T 3QT TO THE MEMORY OF BARBARA EPSTEIN CONTENTS Preface PART ONE: THE CONQUERORS Chapter One THE CONQUERORS PART TWO: PURITANS, WITCHES, AND QUAKERS Chapter Two DANGEROUS BOOKS Chapter Three THE UNYIELDING INDIAN Chapter Four JOHN WINTHROP’S VISION Chapter Five THE PURITANS AND SEX Chapter Six THE PROBLEMS OF A PURITAN HEIRESS Chapter Seven THE CASE AGAINST ANNE HUTCHINSON Chapter Eight THE PURITAN’S PURITAN: MICHAEL WIGGLESWORTH Chapter Nine THE COURAGE OF GILES CORY AND MARY EASTY Chapter Ten POSTSCRIPT: PHILADELPHIA 1787 Chapter Eleven THE CONTENTIOUS QUAKER: WILLIAM PENN Chapter Twelve EZRA STILES AND TIMOTHY DWIGHT PART THREE: REVOLUTIONARY LEADERS Chapter Thirteen THE POWER OF NEGATIVE THINKING: BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AND GEORGE WASHINGTON Chapter Fourteen THE END OF FRANKLIN’S PRAGMATISM Chapter Fifteen THE FOUNDING FATHERS’ PROBLEM: REPRESENTATION Chapter Sixteen THE ROLE OF THE ANTIFEDERALISTS Epilogue THE GENIUS OF PERRY MILLER Acknowledgments PREFACE AMERICAN HEROES.

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