American Heroes by Edmund S. Morgan
Profiles of Men and Women Who Shaped Early America

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“A wise, humane and beautifully written book.”—Bret Stephens, Wall Street Journal

From the best-selling author of Benjamin Franklin comes this remarkable work that will help redefine our notion of American heroism. Americans have long been obsessed with their heroes, but the men and women dramatically portrayed here are not celebrated for the typical banal reasons contained in Founding Fathers hagiography. Effortlessly challenging those who persist in revering the American history status quo and its tropes and falsehoods, Morgan, now ninety-three, continues to believe that the past is just not the way it seems.

About Edmund S. Morgan

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Edmund S. Morgan is the Sterling Professor Emeritus at Yale University and the recipient of the National Humanities Medal, the Pulitzer Prize, and the American Academy's Gold Medal. The author of The Genuine Article; American Slavery, American Freedom; Benjamin Franklin; and American Heroes, among many others, Morgan lives with his wife in New Haven.
Published May 10, 2010 by W. W. Norton & Company. 278 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War. Non-fiction

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From a body of work stretching back seven decades, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian selects 17 essays on characters large and small who illuminate early American history.

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The last official American execution for witchcraft occurred in 1692, but the popular belief in witchcraft continued well into the 19th century: in a marvelously recounted vignette, Morgan describes Philadelphia in 1787, where a few miles from the halls where America's elite were debating our Con...

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Christian Science Monitor

American Heroes: Profiles of Men and Women Who Shaped Early America is a new compendium of his work, including essays on everything from Columbus’s landing to the Salem witch trials to a piece pondering the relative merits of two early presidents of Yale University.

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Bookmarks Magazine

When Americans were demanding precipitate action, Washington and Franklin got the nation off to a good start by knowing when to say no.

Whether presenting the scandalous story of a Puritan husband whose on-and-off marriage to a beleaguered Puritan heiress illustrates the nexus betwee...

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