Sam Patch, the Famous Jumper

Sam Patch, the Famous Jumper
Title Sam Patch, the Famous Jumper PDF eBook
Author Paul E. Johnson
Publisher Hill and Wang
Pages 224
Release 2004-06-16
Genre History
ISBN 9781429931953

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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 High, Wide, & Handsome Jumper

Sam Patch, the High, Wide, & Handsome Jumper
Title Sam Patch, the High, Wide, & Handsome Jumper PDF eBook
Author Arna Bontemps
Publisher
Pages 48
Release 1951
Genre African Americans
ISBN

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Sam Patch schemes to out-jump and out-wit Hurricane Harry for the title of the 'world's best jumper".




Sam Patch

Sam Patch
Title Sam Patch PDF eBook
Author Julie Cummins
Publisher Holiday House
Pages 40
Release 2009
Genre Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN 9780823417414

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Folks say that when Sam Patch was born, he jumped right into his mother's arms. That was just the beginning. When he jumped into Niagara Falls in 1827, news of his death-defying leap swept the nation--and Sam Patch jumped right into American legend. Full color.




Stunts of Late Nineteenth-Century New York

Stunts of Late Nineteenth-Century New York
Title Stunts of Late Nineteenth-Century New York PDF eBook
Author Kirstin Smith
Publisher Routledge
Pages 216
Release 2019-08-19
Genre Art
ISBN 0429632274

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Stunts of Late Nineteenth- Century New York: Aestheticised Precarity, Endangered Liveness examines the emergence of stunts in the media, politics, sport and art of New York at the turn of the twentieth century. This book investigates stunts in sport, media and politics, demonstrating how these risky performances tapped into anxieties and fantasies concerning work, freedom, gendered/ raced/ classed bodies and the commodifi cation of human life. Its case studies examine bridge jumping, extreme walking contests, stunt journalists such as Nellie Bly, and cycling feats including Annie Londonderry’s round- the- world venture. Supported by extensive archival research and Performance Studies theorisations of precarity, liveness and surrogation, Smith theorises an under- examined form which is still prevalent in art, politics and commerce, to show what stunts reveal about value, risk and human life. Suitable for scholars and practitioners across a range of subjects, from Performance Studies to gender studies, to media studies, Stunts of Late Nineteenth- Century New York explores how stunts turned everyday precarity into a spectacle.




Level Playing Fields

Level Playing Fields
Title Level Playing Fields PDF eBook
Author Peter Morris
Publisher U of Nebraska Press
Pages 216
Release 2007-01-01
Genre Sports & Recreation
ISBN 0803207360

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Ben-Zion Gold's memoir brings to life the world of a million Jews in pre-World War II Poland who were later destroyed by the Nazis. Warmly recalling the relationships, rituals, observances, and celebrations, Gold evokes the sense of family and faith that helped him through the catastrophe that followed.




Great Graves of Upstate New York

Great Graves of Upstate New York
Title Great Graves of Upstate New York PDF eBook
Author Chuck D'Imperio
Publisher iUniverse
Pages 260
Release 2009-01-09
Genre History
ISBN 1935278312

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The hundreds of rural cemeteries in Upstate New York are the bucolic final resting places of a plethora of legendary Americans from the recent and distant past. For over a decade, Chuck D’Imperio traveled to research the beautiful and historic region in search of some of the most famous (and infamous) figures in American history. The product of this labor of love is Great Graves of Upstate New York: Final Resting Places of 70 True American Legends. Many of the names are familiar to any American—William Rockefeller, Samuel Langhorne Clemens (better known as Mark Twain), Frederick Douglass, Lucille Ball, and Harriet Tubman, and four U.S. presidents: Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Martin Van Buren, Millard Fillmore, and Chester Arthur. An equally colorful host of local characters who shaped the culture of Upstate New York are also featured, including: Kate Smith, “The God Bless America Girl”; mafia figure Joe “Joe the Barber” Barbara; Dr. Mary Walker, America’s only female Congressional Medal of Honor winner; Jennie Grossinger, “The Catskill’s Innkeeper”; and Ernie Davis, “The Pride of the Syracuse Orangemen.” From Syracuse to West Point to Binghamton, and on to Cooperstown, Niagara Falls, and Lake Placid, Great Graves of Upstate New York is not only a fact-filled volume on the region’s cemeteries, museums, and historical sites, but a peek into the lives of 70 distinguished individuals who have shaped American history.




The Life and Adventures of Prof. Robert Emmet Odlum

The Life and Adventures of Prof. Robert Emmet Odlum
Title The Life and Adventures of Prof. Robert Emmet Odlum PDF eBook
Author Catherine Odlum
Publisher
Pages 220
Release 1885
Genre Swimming
ISBN

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