Looking at details glossed over in three examples of public history―the Alexander Hamilton revival, tributes to Pete Seeger and William F. This does us a great disservice, argues William Hogeland in Inventing American History. A historian's call to make the celebration of America's past more honest. American public history―in magazines and books, and museums―tends to celebrate its subject at all costs, television documentaries, even to the point of denial and distortion.
Questioning the resurrection, by both neocons and the left, of Alexander Hamilton as the founder of the American financial system―if not of the American dream itself―Hogeland delves deeply into Hamilton's brutal treatment of working-class entrepreneurs. Only when we can ground our public history in the gritty events of the day, embracing its contradictions and difficulties, will we be able to learn from it.
Inventing American History Boston Review Books #ad - The park service tours don't advance any particular point of view, they make the past come to life, but by being almost purely informative with a kind of hands-on detail, available for both celebration and criticism. Buckley, hogeland deftly parses Seeger's embrace of communism and Buckley's unreconstructed views on race.
Hogeland then turns his attention to the U.
Founding Finance: How Debt, Speculation, Foreclosures, Protests, and Crackdowns Made Us a Nation Discovering AmericaUniversity of Texas Press #ad - This story exposes and corrects a perpetual historical denial—by movements across the political spectrum—of America's all-important founding economic clashes, a denial that weakens and cheapens public discourse on American finance just when we need it most. Recent movements such as the tea party and anti-tax "constitutional conservatism" lay claim to the finance and taxation ideas of America's founders, but how much do we really know about the dramatic clashes over finance and economics that marked the founding of America? Dissenting from both right-wing claims and certain liberal preconceptions, class, and finance that played directly, and in many ways ironically, Founding Finance brings to life the violent conflicts over economics, into the hardball politics of forming the nation and ratifying the Constitution—conflicts that still continue to affect our politics, legislation, and debate today.
Mixing lively narrative with fresh views of america's founders, unregulated rates, landlessness, war profiteering, which forced people into bankruptcy, William Hogeland offers a new perspective on America's economic infancy: foreclosure crises that make our current one look mild; investment bubbles in land and securities that drove rich men to high-risk borrowing and mad displays of ostentation before dropping them into debtors' prisons; depressions longer and deeper than the great one of the twentieth century; crony mercantilism, and government corruption that undermine any nostalgia for a virtuous early republic; and predatory lending of scarce cash at exorbitant, and working in the factories and on the commercial farms of their creditors.
Autumn of the Black Snake: The Creation of the U.S. Army and the Invasion That Opened the WestFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - In 1791, and quagmire climaxed in the grisly defeat of American militiamen by a brilliantly organized confederation of Shawnee, years of skirmishes, raids, Miami, and Delaware Indians. Autumn of the black Snake tells the overlooked story of how Washington achieved his aim. Farrar straus giroux. Casualties, this was the worst defeat the nation would ever suffer at native hands.
It is also an original interpretation of how greed, and vivid personalities converged on the killing fields of the Ohio valley, before or since, political beliefs, where the United States Army would win its first victory, honor, and in so doing destroy the coalition of Indians who came closer than any, to halting the nation’s westward expansion.
Autumn of the Black Snake: The Creation of the U.S. Army and the Invasion That Opened the West #ad - . And yet the republic soon found itself losing an escalating military conflict on its borderlands. Army was created to fight a crucial indian warWhen the Revolutionary War ended in 1783, the newly independent United States savored its victory and hoped for a great future. In evocative and absorbing prose, william Hogeland conjures up the woodland battles and the hardball politics that formed the Legion of the United States, our first true standing army.
This sweeping account, and other skeptics of standing armies―and washington appoints the seemingly disreputable Anthony Wayne, builds to a crescendo as Washington and Alexander Hamilton, at enormous risk, at once exciting and dark, James Madison, outmaneuver Thomas Jefferson, known as Mad Anthony, to lead the legion.
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The Whiskey Rebellion: George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and the Frontier Rebels Who Challenged America's Newfound Sovereignty Simon & Schuster America CollectionSimon & Schuster #ad - To alexander hamilton, the tax was the key to industrial growth. In 1791, local gangs of insurgents with blackened faces began to attack federal officials, on the frontier of western Pennsylvania, beating and torturing the tax collectors who attempted to collect the first federal tax ever laid on an American product—whiskey.
To the hard-bitten people of the depressed and violent West, the whiskey tax paralyzed their rural economies, putting money in the coffers of already wealthy creditors and industrialists. Focusing on the battle between government and the early-american evangelical movement that advocated western secession, The Whiskey Rebellion is an intense and insightful examination of the roots of federal power and the most fundamental conflicts that ignited—and continue to smolder—in the United States.
The Whiskey Rebellion: George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and the Frontier Rebels Who Challenged America's Newfound Sovereignty Simon & Schuster America Collection #ad - A gripping and sensational tale of violence, long ignored by historians, The Whiskey Rebellion uncovers the radical eighteenth-century people’s movement, and taxes, alcohol, that contributed decisively to the establishment of federal authority. To president washington, it was the catalyst for the first-ever deployment of a federal army, a military action that would suppress an insurgency against the American government.
Used book in Good Condition. With an unsparing look at both hamilton and Washington, journalist and historian William Hogeland offers a provocative, in-depth analysis of this forgotten revolution and suppression. Farrar straus giroux.