The Story of America: Essays on Origins ePUB ☆ Story

The Story of America: Essays on Origins InThe Story of America , Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore investigates American origin stories from John Smith s account of the founding of Jamestown into Barack Obama sinaugural address to show how American democracy is bound up with the history of print Over the centuries, Americans have read and written their way into a political culture of ink and typePart civics primer, part cultural history,The Story of Americaexcavates the origins of everything from the paper ballot and the Constitution to the IOU and the dictionary Along the way it presents fresh readings of Benjamin Franklin sWay to Wealth , Thomas Paine sCommon Sense ,The Ravenby Edgar Allan Poe, andPaul Revere s Rideby Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, as well as histories of lesser known genres, including biographies of presidents, novels of immigrants, and accounts of the DepressionFrom past to present, Lepore argues, Americans have wrestled with the idea of democracy by telling stories In this thoughtful and provocative book, Lepore offers at once a history of origin stories and a meditation on storytelling itself [PDF / Epub] ★ Irrawaddy Tango By Wendy Law-Yone – Kleankitchen.co.uk Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore investigates American origin stories from John Smith s account of the founding of Jamestown into Barack Obama sinaugural address to show how American democracy is bound up with the history of print Over the centuries ❰Download❯ ➼ قصص الأنبياء Author الشيخ خليل دريان الأزهري – Kleankitchen.co.uk Americans have read and written their way into a political culture of ink and typePart civics primer [Epub] ➚ The Nanny Arrangement Author Lily George – Kleankitchen.co.uk part cultural history,The Story of Americaexcavates the origins of everything from the paper ballot and the Constitution to the IOU and the dictionary Along the way it presents fresh readings of Benjamin Franklin sWay to Wealth ❰BOOKS❯ ✯ Starting Your Own Business Author Jim Green – Kleankitchen.co.uk Thomas Paine sCommon Sense ,The Ravenby Edgar Allan Poe ❮Reading❯ ➽ Quest for Prosperity ➶ Author Konosuke Matsushita – Kleankitchen.co.uk andPaul Revere s Rideby Henry Wadsworth Longfellow [BOOKS] ✯ Summery boxes, Tables & Illustrative figures of Bailey&Love (27th edition).pdf (27th edition).pdf: Baily & love 27th edition (Surgery Book 1) ✴ Md.merajul Pial – Kleankitchen.co.uk as well as histories of lesser known genres [PDF / Epub] ✍ Cleaner ☁ Emma Finn – Kleankitchen.co.uk including biographies of presidents [Reading] ➿ Influencing Virtual Teams Author Hassan Osman – Kleankitchen.co.uk novels of immigrants [Read] ➺ Secrets of a Prayer Warrior ➶ Derek Prince – Kleankitchen.co.uk and accounts of the DepressionFrom past to present [Reading] ➿ Japanese from Zero! 1: Proven Techniques to Learn Japanese for Students and Professionals (Volume 1) By George Trombley – Kleankitchen.co.uk Lepore argues [Read] ➬ Kanzen Jisatsu Manyuaru, The Complete Suicide Manual By Wataru Tsurumi – Kleankitchen.co.uk Americans have wrestled with the idea of democracy by telling stories In this thoughtful and provocative book ❰PDF / Epub❯ ★ Narconomics Author Tom Wainwright – Kleankitchen.co.uk Lepore offers at once a history of origin stories and a meditation on storytelling itself


10 thoughts on “The Story of America: Essays on Origins

  1. Ken Ken says:

    The Story of America consists of 20 essays Jill Lepore wrote for The New Yorker If you like history, you ll find it interesting, if surface skimming, material That is, Lepore is not diving in deep here, she s making her point in 15 pages or so, and moving on Me, I bought it strictly in hopes of using some essays for school, but Lepore s writing, as a rule, is a bit above your average 8th grader s ken That s not to say I can t use certain excerpts I can and will In these dark bright yet The Story of America consists of 20 essays Jill Lepore wrote for The New Yorker If you like history, you ll find it interesting, if surface skimming, material That is, Lepore is not diving in deep here, she s making her point in 15 pages or so, and moving on Me, I bought it strictly in hopes of using some essays for school, but Lepore s writing, as a rule, is a bit above your average 8th grader s ken That s not to say I can t use certain excerpts I can and will In these dark bright yet to be determined days of the Common Core, this would count as a complex text that improves background knowledge Oh, the shivers buzzwords give me It s what s known as a twofer Looking back without looking, the essay that struck me the most was the one on Thomas Paine I knew him as the man who wrote Common Sense, but never realized just how reviled he was, even by fellow patriots like Jefferson and Adams Paine did himself in by writingbooks and getting involved with the French Revolution Hoo boy Those are some mauvais guys to hang out with Not surprisingly, Paine wound up in a prison But at least he got out.His biggest problems were England gee, I wonder why and Christians that s a bigger problem than any Union Jack can muster An atheist, Paine came out swinging about God and paid the price On his deathbed he was given a last chance to repent He used his remaining strength to spit on such common sense Now that s going in style.Other essays deal with Capt John Smith s truth telling problems, the Pilgrims historians, Ben Franklin s knack for almanacs, the Constitution, debtors prisons, Noah Webster and the American Dictionary, Dickens in America not good, not good , Edgar Allan Woe Is Me Poe man, anti slavery books, Kit Carson, the no longer read Longfellow short on fans these days , and inaugural addresses An eclectic list, if ever I saw one.The trouble I have with any anthology is lack of momentum The end of each essay means another speed bump Perhaps fiction, with its penchant for cliff hangers hanging at the ends of chapters, has spoiled me That said, the writing is smart, the topics are interesting, and the passing of time respectable, if not awe inspiring In short, your typical, no brainer 4


  2. Daniel Chaikin Daniel Chaikin says:

    Lepore brings a lot into her essays She is a professor of history and a staff writer on the New Yorker, where I believe all the essays here were originally published She writes on a variety of subjects, including literature and history And whatever she writes about, she leaves the impression of having some authority When she writes a book review, it almost sounds like she knows the material better than the author The essays here seem to be ordered somewhat in chronological order of subject, Lepore brings a lot into her essays She is a professor of history and a staff writer on the New Yorker, where I believe all the essays here were originally published She writes on a variety of subjects, including literature and history And whatever she writes about, she leaves the impression of having some authority When she writes a book review, it almost sounds like she knows the material better than the author The essays here seem to be ordered somewhat in chronological order of subject, beginning with an essay on the Mayflower, where she shreds Nathaniel Philbrick s book of that title, and ending with a history of the generally uninspiring presidential addresses The focus is always the United States, even for her essay on Charles Dickens Essay evolve in different ways Her essay on the history of the misrepresentation of the US constitution works toward originalism the principle of interpretation that views the Constitution s meaning as fixed as of the time of enactment and becomes something of critique of modern America conservatives, without ever saying so She would lose my interest sometimes, although some fault could go to the rapid pace of the reader, which, when I was less interested, sounded relentless But when I was in the right frame of mind, these essays were all terrific Highlights for me were here essays on Dickens in America, on Edgar Allen Poe s effort to find a market, and most of all, on Thomas Paine Thomas Paine arrived in the Americas destitute, nearly dead from sickness, with a piece of paper from from Benjamin Franklin recommending him That would be enough to revive him He wrote Common Sense, a key work of inspiration for the American revolt Then, in Valley Forge, he wrote the American Crisis, which include his most famous line, These are the times that try men s souls. More than anything else, Paine was devoted revolutionary, always against the power He flowered briefly during the American Revolution, but afterward returned to England the write Rights of Man, which was instantly banned Paine fled to France during the French Revolution, and spent the reign of terror in prison writing The Age of Reason, which included a polemic against all organized religion although he was not atheist The now out there thinker who maybe belonged in another time, or maybe just bristled against any time, somehow survived his imprisonment When he finally returned to the newly formed United States, he found he was politically untouchable One person Jefferson wrote that while many read The Age of Reason, none could admit to it Paine is considered a founding father of the US He lived his remaining life in obscurity in America There were six people at his funeral


  3. Mike Mike says:

    My history teacher mantra, which I repeat often to my students amusement, is History is not just a bunch of stuff that happened it s the stories we tell ourselves about what happened In Jill Lepore, I have found a kindred spirit In the essays that comprise The Story of America , Lepore explores many of the stories that make up Americans knowledge of our history Along the way, she fills in many gaps and emends many misconceptions but never in a sophomoric Lies My Teacher Told Me fashi My history teacher mantra, which I repeat often to my students amusement, is History is not just a bunch of stuff that happened it s the stories we tell ourselves about what happened In Jill Lepore, I have found a kindred spirit In the essays that comprise The Story of America , Lepore explores many of the stories that make up Americans knowledge of our history Along the way, she fills in many gaps and emends many misconceptions but never in a sophomoric Lies My Teacher Told Me fashion I didn t spot the word historiography in Lepore s introduction Lepore certainly could have used it but an editor would have certainly informed her that a single appearance of that word in a book will reduce sales by at least 80% despite the fact that, for my money, that s where all the action is Nonetheless, the introduction alone, at least, should be required reading for anyone curious about the development of American history that is, history in the sense I define it above She concludes her introduction with I have tried to cherish ideas worth cherishing, and to question ideas that need questioning I have tried to do that here, by studying stories, and by telling them This should be adopted as a mission statement by any historian seeking publication.In the essays that follow, Lepore ranges widely over American history, from the settlement of Jamestown to the twentieth century Her chronological scope is expansive, and her topics varied bankruptcy, lexicography, murder, and electioneering among them She also provides fascinating biographical vignettes of historical figures, including some vaunted founding fathers and literary luminaries Lepore takes a broad perspective in each essay, carefully weaving together strands of history, historical memory, popular culture, and literacy into a tapestry much richer anddetailed than any survey text, or any but the most erudite monograph, could ever accomplish.Lepore is a crackerjack scholar and a first rate wordsmith, and she s also extremely funny She deserves some sort of recognition for the most amusing use of the word pantaloons by an academic historian she sums up some historians assessments of John Smith as having a liar liar pantaloons on fire quality And adds As it happens, and for the record, they were the injury that sent Smith back to England was a severe burn he sustained to his thighs and groin when his gunpowder bag , lying in his lap, caught the spark of a tobacco pipe and exploded Any student of American history, or anyone with a casual interest in our past, will be greatly edified by Lepore s work I cannot recommend it highly enough.One negative note, however I think Lepore missed an important opportunity with the title A casual shopper, glancing at the title on the shelf or on display, might assume that The Story of America is another narrative work of historical synthesis exactly the type of book that we don t need anyof A better choice, perhaps, would have been The STORIES of America alerting the reader that there is muchbetween those covers than they might expect


  4. Robert Robert says:

    A collection of short essays by one of our best storytelling historians, this work is a joy to read All but one essay appeared in The New Yorker the exception, the Longfellow, appeared in The American Scholar Although the author is a Harvard history professor, these essays are not academic history Although they embody solid scholarship and fresh insights, they are best characterized as historical stories Are written in a style so entertaining that it rivals the best fiction in its app A collection of short essays by one of our best storytelling historians, this work is a joy to read All but one essay appeared in The New Yorker the exception, the Longfellow, appeared in The American Scholar Although the author is a Harvard history professor, these essays are not academic history Although they embody solid scholarship and fresh insights, they are best characterized as historical stories Are written in a style so entertaining that it rivals the best fiction in its appeal to the general reader One way the author achieves this transformation of dry history into memorable tales is by using a succinct biography of an individual to incarnate a particular historical event or practice Thereby she makes that history understandable, real, memorable For example, the life of John Pintard, a wealthy New York businessman who suffered a major financial reverse, is used to illustrate the evolution of bankruptcy law in the early republic, to explain why the law was adopted and to whom it applied, and because the reader is made to care about Pintard, this little known aspect of early economic legislation is brilliantly elucidated, is made unforgettable Similarly the life of George Kyle is used to bring to life the need for and the adoption of the secret ballot in American elections no reader is likely to forget his death defying struggle to reach his Balti polling place The author has a real talent for writing these succinct biographies That of Noah Webster transforms a name connoting only a word book into a real flesh and blood man, into an individual fully present to the reader Her short biography of Edgar Allan Poe brings order, believability, to a tragic life that has been overly mythologized, made into a grotesque fantasy, even by Poe himself And some of the biographies are just fun as is the one of Chang Apana,the actual Hawaiian detective who inspired Biggers to create the movie detective story character of Charlie Chan A unifying tread running through most of these essays is the critical analysis of the creation of history, as it is done both in formal works written by professionals as well as in the narratives formed by common people in shaping their opinion on what it means to be an American, in creating their own national self understanding, their own self image The author delights in exploding some of the taken for granted myths enjoys replacing or deepening the legendary understanding with the actual complexity of the historical record Does this not in a debunking, push the statue off its pedestral spirit, but, rather, does so by revealing the hero to be like us , highlighting his basic humanity, connecting his life to that of the reader A guilty pleasure of this book is her ruthlessness in pointing out the errors of other historians, scholarly and popular Is ruthless both in exposing their repressions of unpleasant facts and in highlighting their creative interpolations One fine example of the latter is her calling attention to the full psychological profile of George Washington s mother, Mary, given in Ron Chernow s biography of Washington a profile which details at some length the influence that this pious , headstrong , feisty woman had on George s character, even though, despite the many inferences Chernow draws, there are only two verifiable facts known about the woman that she was little polished by education and that she was remarkable for taking good care of her ducks and chickens Probably the best essay at least, my favorite is her defense of Longfellow By analyzing Paul Revere s Ride and placing it in its historical context, she reveals the poem s hidden depth and counters the current, condescending judgment that Longfellow is nothan a poet for children that he is not to be taken seriously because his work is too accessible, too much fun to read This reassessment of Longfellow is long overdue But it is not surprising that it comes from an author who writes accessible history, history that is fun to read


  5. Dan Dan says:

    An excellent collection of narrative essays about American history that add up to a history of the way Americans have thought about their history over the years Over a broad range of topics excellent essays on the history of presidential biographies, on the history of murder, biographical sketches of Washington, Franklin and Poe, among others she tells very good stories based on documentable records with great wit and prose Like a story suite in fiction say City of Saints and Madmen by Jeff An excellent collection of narrative essays about American history that add up to a history of the way Americans have thought about their history over the years Over a broad range of topics excellent essays on the history of presidential biographies, on the history of murder, biographical sketches of Washington, Franklin and Poe, among others she tells very good stories based on documentable records with great wit and prose Like a story suite in fiction say City of Saints and Madmen by Jeff Vandermeer or A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan each essay stands on its own, yet contributes to an overall understanding of American history.From this book, and from a couple of interviews with her I ve heard or watched I get the sense that part of her project as an historian is to take narrative history back from journalists and or bring narrative back to academic history It s easy to take the record and impose a narrative on it As she says in her essay on the history of murder in America It s hard to say, because Roth had wandered into a no man s land between the social sciences and the humanities After a while, arguments made in that no man s land tend to devolve into meaninglessness good government is good, bad government is bad, and everything s better when everything s better Correlating murder with a lack of faith and hope may contain its horror, but only because, in a bar graph, atrocity yields to banality Into that no man s land many biographers have strayed and overstated themselves In her essay on Washington, she points out how little can be determined about him as a person based on the record, particularly about the state of his emotions or his relationship with his mother, and yet how biographers consistently make strong statements about both She calls Ron Chernow to task for this I ve read his Washington with great enjoyment, but she s right that he essentially made up what he put into his book about Washington s emotions He s too thorough for me to not recommend his Washington, A Life, but if you do read it take those portions with a grain of salt In her essay on Kit Carson and the West and dime western novels, she takes Hampton Sides similarly to task for inventing wholesale with good motives the internal monologue of the Native Americans in his story I haven t read Sides book and therefore can t speak to it The task she s set herself is to construct narratives that can actually fit the historical record without excessive invention while maintaining the driving readability of the big popular narrative histories that populate the bestseller list She accomplished that in these essays The next book of hers I intend to read is her biography of Jane Franklin, sister of Ben I will be paying attention to how well she rides that line in a longer form.The essays on the history of presidential biographies and of presidential inaugural addresses are fantastic She described the typical plot of the former Parties rise and fall Wars begin and end The world turns But American campaign biographies have been following the same script for two centuries East of piffle, west of hokum, the Boy from Hope always grows up to be the Man of the People She is witty and incisive The book is made of great parts that add up to an even greater whole.Highly Recommended


  6. FRS FRS says:

    If there is a better writer and thinker on American history than Jill Lepore This book sees Lepore taking on the history of American history, and although that sounds worryingly like it might be an academic exercise, the short chapters on subjects like Benjamin Franklin, presidential inaugural addresses, labour rights, and the Puritans teem with funny and off the wall details.


  7. Ken Kuhlken Ken Kuhlken says:

    If my college experience in history classes had includedbooks like Prof Lepore s and fewer standard texts that illuminated characters mighty little but dished out history in broad strokes, I might well have majored in history rather than literature.The stories, about the making of the constitution, inaugural speeches, fascinating people like Darrow and Poe, are both delightful to read and enlightening about how we as a people got where we are.Ms Lepore is a treasure.


  8. Caroline Bock Caroline Bock says:

    Harvard Historian Essays primarily from the New Yorker Quirky, lesser known takes on American history, with a focus on pre 20th century Did you ever wonder about Noah Webster, creator of the Webster s American Dictionary I did and this essay was fascinatingand so manyShe writes of these historical figures like they are pop icons But why only four stars I wish she had foundwomen as fascinating Carolinefor stories set in the historical times of 1960s present day, con Harvard Historian Essays primarily from the New Yorker Quirky, lesser known takes on American history, with a focus on pre 20th century Did you ever wonder about Noah Webster, creator of the Webster s American Dictionary I did and this essay was fascinatingand so manyShe writes of these historical figures like they are pop icons But why only four stars I wish she had foundwomen as fascinating Carolinefor stories set in the historical times of 1960s present day, consider my debut collection of short stories, CARRY HER HOME, winner of the 2018 Fiction Award from the Washington Writers Publishing HouseCarry Her Home Stories


  9. Jeremy Jeremy says:

    Don t tell my wife I am in love with Jill Lepore I have been since I read her debut book, The Name of War, during my senior year of college back in 2003 Since then I have feasted upon her New Yorker essays whenever I stumbled on them This book, which assembles many of those essays, is a beautiful thing to behold a brilliant mind at play and a historian who can write with grace She collapses space and time to explain how we Americans came to be who we are, or try to be, or fail to be.Essay Don t tell my wife I am in love with Jill Lepore I have been since I read her debut book, The Name of War, during my senior year of college back in 2003 Since then I have feasted upon her New Yorker essays whenever I stumbled on them This book, which assembles many of those essays, is a beautiful thing to behold a brilliant mind at play and a historian who can write with grace She collapses space and time to explain how we Americans came to be who we are, or try to be, or fail to be.Essay after essay, I found myself astonished by her research and storytelling powers The essay on Benjamin Franklin, which peels back the layers of lazy stereotype surrounding his name to reveal a fuller and endlessly interesting man, is a highlight, as is the Dickens in America essay There are just 2 or 3 3 pieces I wasn t dazzled by Simply put, she can connect American dots from John Smith to Andrew jackson and onward like no one else alive She even makes Longfellow interesting, which is a true feat Long live Jill Lepore Aside from the New Yorker, this is the best introduction to her work


  10. Maire Maire says:

    I ve loved any New Yorker essay that I ve read by Lepore, so I suppose I picked up this book with a bit of a bias However, these essays actually surpassed my expectations They are so fun to read because each essay looks deeply at a small little part of American history one of my favorites was about how the physical act of casting a vote changed throughout history In addition to her ability to find interesting stories to tell, Lepore is also an amazing writer I loved her wit, her touch of s I ve loved any New Yorker essay that I ve read by Lepore, so I suppose I picked up this book with a bit of a bias However, these essays actually surpassed my expectations They are so fun to read because each essay looks deeply at a small little part of American history one of my favorites was about how the physical act of casting a vote changed throughout history In addition to her ability to find interesting stories to tell, Lepore is also an amazing writer I loved her wit, her touch of snark, and her tell it to ya straight style I also really liked how she didn t let any of the founding fathers off easily for their racism and sexism Highly recommended


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *