No simple rubric comes easily to mind when one thinks of the Revolutionary generation. Their accomplishments were too grand, their interests too varied to be encompassed in a single phrase. This book reflects their concern with the fundamentals of society and government and also explores the lives of individuals who contributed to science and the arts. Risjord divides this book into three sections, each exploring one of the era's dominant themes.
Norman K. Risjord is emeritus professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he taught for over three decades. He is the author of Chesapeake Politics, 1781-1800; and Jefferson's America, 1760-1815. He is general editor of the American Profiles series for Madison House.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction Part 3 Nation Builders Chapter 4 Benjamin Franklin: The American Mold Chapter 5 Samuel Adams: Pure Republican Chapter 6 George Washington: Gentleman Revolutionary Chapter 7 Francis Marion: The Swamp Fox Chapter 8 Abigail Adams: Partner in Home Rule Chapter 9 Aaron Lopez: An Immigrant's Story Part 10 Character Builders Chapter 11 Noah Webster: The Search for National Identity Chapter 12 Charles Wilson Peale: Patriotism in Color Chapter 13 Charles Bulfinch: An American Style in Building Chapter 14 Isaac Backus: Crusader Chapter 15 Benjamin Rush: Patriot Physician Chapter 16 Benjamin Banneker: An African-American's Experience Part 17 Empire Builders Chapter 18 Eli Whitney and John Jacob Astor: Pioneers of Business Chapter 19 George Rogers Clark: Conqueror of the Northwest Chapter 20 James Wilkinson: Master of Imperial Intrigue Chapter 21 Tecumseh and The Prophet: A Vision Shattered Chapter 22 Thomas Jefferson: A Summary View