A Rogue's Life: R. Clay Crawford, Prison Escapee, Union Army Officer, Pretend Millionaire, Phony Physician and the Most Respected Man in Macon, Georgi
By: Lewis A. Lawson (author)Paperback
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This book reveals the life of R. Clay Crawford, his dreams, his schemes, his successes and his failures, as he launched himself into many of the most turbulent episodes of nineteenth-century United States history. Like everyone else, he was born with a family history, not just genetic, but also cultural, determinants; this book therefore reveals the influences on his behavior inherited from his father and his grandfathers. And, again like everyone else, he passed on to his children a model, not just genetic, but cultural. Even so, Clay's story is not just a family affair. Clay was a "self-made man," living in an age when that figure was thought to be a national asset-he thus stands out as a warning that the worship of the "self-made man" produces more rogues than Rockefellers.
Lewis A. Lawson taught at the University of Maryland from 1963 to 1997, when he became Professor Emeritus. He lives in University Park, Maryland.
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