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.

A Shopkeeper's Millennium

A Shopkeeper's Millennium
Title A Shopkeeper's Millennium PDF eBook
Author Paul E. Johnson
Publisher Macmillan + ORM
Pages 187
Release 2004-06-21
Genre History
ISBN 1466806168

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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 Kingdom of Matthias

The Kingdom of Matthias
Title The Kingdom of Matthias PDF eBook
Author Paul E. Johnson
Publisher Oxford University Press
Pages 238
Release 1995-08-03
Genre Biography & Autobiography
ISBN 9780195098358

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Written by distinguished historians with the force of a novel, this book reconstructs the web of religious ecstacy, greed, and seduction within the cult of the Prophet Matthias in New York in 1834 and captures the heated atmosphere of the religious revival known as the Second Great Awakening. Illustrations.

Wonderful Leaps of Sam Patch

Wonderful Leaps of Sam Patch
Title Wonderful Leaps of Sam Patch PDF eBook
Author McLoughlin Brothers
Publisher Applewood Books
Pages 20
Release 2012-01-08
Genre Children's poetry
ISBN 1429081295

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THE WONDERFUL LEAPS OF SAM PATCH was originally published circa 1875 by McLoughlin Brothers, New York, New York.

Baba Didi and the Godwits Fly

Baba Didi and the Godwits Fly
Title Baba Didi and the Godwits Fly PDF eBook
Author Nicola Muir
Publisher New Internationalist
Pages 37
Release 2013-10-01
Genre Juvenile Fiction
ISBN 1780261306

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A charmingly told story of the godwit bird’s epic migration, touching on waves of human migration on the way.

City of Eros

City of Eros
Title City of Eros PDF eBook
Author Timothy J. Gilfoyle
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Pages 470
Release 1994
Genre History
ISBN 9780393311082

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Winner of the Allan Nevins Prize of the Society of American Historians and the New York State Historical Association Manuscript Prize.

The Manly Art

The Manly Art
Title The Manly Art PDF eBook
Author Elliott J. Gorn
Publisher Cornell University Press
Pages 329
Release 2012-05-02
Genre Sports & Recreation
ISBN 0801462525

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"It didn't occur to me until fairly late in the work that I was writing a book about the beginnings of a national celebrity culture. By 1860, a few boxers had become heroes to working-class men, and big fights drew considerable newspaper coverage, most of it quite negative since the whole enterprise was illegal. But a generation later, toward the end of the century, the great John L. Sullivan of Boston had become the nation's first true sports celebrity, an American icon. The likes of poet Vachel Lindsay and novelist Theodore Dreiser lionized him—Dreiser called him 'a sort of prize fighting J. P. Morgan'—and Ernest Thompson Seton, founder of the Boy Scouts, noted approvingly that he never met a lad who would not rather be Sullivan than Leo Tolstoy."—from the Afterword to the Updated EditionElliott J. Gorn's The Manly Art tells the story of boxing's origins and the sport's place in American culture. When first published in 1986, the book helped shape the ways historians write about American sport and culture, expanding scholarly boundaries by exploring masculinity as an historical subject and by suggesting that social categories like gender, class, and ethnicity can be understood only in relation to each other.This updated edition of Gorn's highly influential history of the early prize rings features a new afterword, the author's meditation on the ways in which studies of sport, gender, and popular culture have changed in the quarter century since the book was first published. An up-to-date bibliography ensures that The Manly Art will remain a vital resource for a new generation.