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The Resource Our family dreams : the Fletchers' adventures in nineteenth-century America, Daniel B. Smith

Our family dreams : the Fletchers' adventures in nineteenth-century America, Daniel B. Smith

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Our family dreams : the Fletchers' adventures in nineteenth-century America
Title
Our family dreams
Title remainder
the Fletchers' adventures in nineteenth-century America
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Daniel B. Smith
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Language
eng
Summary
"In the early years after the Revolution, Americans were on the move, seeking to establish a new way of life. And, more than the church or the school or the courthouse, it was the family that nurtured the American Dream. In this novel-like narrative, Daniel Blake Smith vividly brings to life the Fletchers, a family of loving, ambitious, at times insecure pioneers who scattered across the vast expanse of post-revolutionary America but kept in touch through letters despite their wildly different life paths. On a hard scrabble farm in Vermont, the patriarch, Jesse Fletcher, struggled with debt and depression but managed to educate his children, especially his son Elijah, a Yankee who moved to Virginia, shocked by the horrors of slavery but then seduced by the plantation lifestyle. Another son, Calvin, left at age 17 for Indianapolis to become a self-made lawyer, banker, and a prominent citizen and passionate abolitionist. The grandchildren include Indiana, a women's education activist who donated her home to create Sweet Briar College; black sheep Lucian, who went to California to join in the gold rush; and physician Billy captured as a spy during the Civil War. Through letters and diaries, we find that the Fletchers appear surprisingly similar to us; they dream, fret, fight, and love. Despite numerous heartaches and setbacks, their spirit of enterprise, sacrifice, mobility, and education endures as American values to this day"--
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collective biography
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Smith, Daniel Blake
Dewey number
  • 973.5092/2
  • B
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Fletcher family
  • Fletcher, Jesse
  • Fletcher family
  • Fletcher family
  • Pioneers
  • United States
  • HISTORY / United States / 19th Century
Label
Our family dreams : the Fletchers' adventures in nineteenth-century America, Daniel B. Smith
Instantiates
Publication
Contents
Beginnings -- Heading West -- Settling In -- "The Best Fortune We Can Give Our Children" -- Public Life -- Calamities -- War and Loyalty -- Legacies
Control code
BK0017581046
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
x, 275 p.
Isbn
9781137279811
Lccn
2015028245
Other physical details
ill.
Label
Our family dreams : the Fletchers' adventures in nineteenth-century America, Daniel B. Smith
Publication
Contents
Beginnings -- Heading West -- Settling In -- "The Best Fortune We Can Give Our Children" -- Public Life -- Calamities -- War and Loyalty -- Legacies
Control code
BK0017581046
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
x, 275 p.
Isbn
9781137279811
Lccn
2015028245
Other physical details
ill.

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