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The Story of America: Essays on Origins (2013. Auflage)

von Jill Lepore (Autor)

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In The 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 in 1607 to Barack Obama's 2009 inaugural 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 type. Part civics primer, part cultural history, The Story of America excavates the origins of everything from the paper ballot and the Constitution to the I.O.U. and the dictionary. Along the way it presents fresh readings of Benjamin Franklin's Way to Wealth, Thomas Paine's Common Sense, "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe, and "Paul Revere's Ride" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, as well as histories of lesser-known genres, including biographies of presidents, novels of immigrants, and accounts of the Depression. From 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.… (mehr)
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Titel:The Story of America: Essays on Origins
Autoren:Jill Lepore (Autor)
Info:Princeton University Press (2013), Edition: Reprint, 432 pages
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Tags:American History, German History, British History, Civil War

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A collection of Lepore's New Yorker articles and review essays, slightly adapted for book form. Lively and interesting throughout, and quite enjoyable. ( )
1 abstimmen JBD1 | Dec 3, 2020 |
2016 (review can be found at the link - which is a LibraryThing page)
https://www.librarything.com/topic/220674#5535060 ( )
  dchaikin | Jun 21, 2020 |
Shades of brilliance but too often she tailors her ideas into her own thought process about the subject at hand. What could be a an expansive essay into the unknown of the past gets trammeled by her forays into her own deeply held political beliefs -- in essence, Lepore is guilty of that most grievous of historian's sins - ahistoricizing by imputing one's current beliefs and mores into the past. ( )
1 abstimmen TimDel | Feb 2, 2017 |
A great collection of essays previously published in The New Yorker in which Lepore assesses how American history has been told by historians, literary figures, and others. Lepore is as masterful a writer and storyteller as she is a historian. Lively, funny, thoughtful, and provocative, a genuine pleasure to read. ( )
  Sullywriter | May 22, 2015 |
Any collection of essays has some pieces that are stronger than others. Lepore's essays are all good, but some stood out for me, like her profiles of Thomas Paine, Noah Webster and Edgar Allan Poe and her discussions of Constitutionalism and Charlie Chan. A varied and marvelous collection. ( )
  nmele | May 16, 2013 |
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In The 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 in 1607 to Barack Obama's 2009 inaugural 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 type. Part civics primer, part cultural history, The Story of America excavates the origins of everything from the paper ballot and the Constitution to the I.O.U. and the dictionary. Along the way it presents fresh readings of Benjamin Franklin's Way to Wealth, Thomas Paine's Common Sense, "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe, and "Paul Revere's Ride" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, as well as histories of lesser-known genres, including biographies of presidents, novels of immigrants, and accounts of the Depression. From 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.

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