William Cooper's Town by Alan Taylor
Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic

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A Pulitzer Prize-winning story of a frontier village in the early American Republic. With 16 pages of photographs, 7 maps, and 17 tables.
 

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Alan Taylor is professor of history at the University of California at Davis. He is the author of "William Cooper's Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic," which won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for History and the Bancroft Prize in American history. Eric Foner is DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University. He has been awarded the Bancroft Prize, Parkman Prize, and a "Los Angeles Times" Book Award, among other honors.
 
Published September 26, 1995 by Knopf. 549 pages
Genres: History, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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of Calif., Davis) persuasively argues was not the result of a blow to the head by a political opponent, as Cooper's biographers have long claimedhe left a shaky domain, the management of which fell largely on the incapable shoulders of his youngest son, James Fenimore.

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Ill-educated wheelright William Cooper (1754-1809), father of the novelist James Fenimore Cooper, rose to power and influence as a judge, land speculator, promoter of frontier settlement, U.S. congressman from upstate New York and owner of the Iroquois' former homeland.

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Taylor's account of politician William Cooper and his son, the novelist James Fenimore Cooper, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize.

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For a time, the huge Federalist majorities that Cooper produced made Otsego County the pivot of New York state politics, and a factor even in national elections.

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