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[Johnson] Fintan O'Toole, WHITE SAVAGE: William Johnson and the Invention of America. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2005). Illustrations, notes, index, 402 pages.
~~~ From Kirkus Reviews: A displaced Irish Catholic dreams of home, but instead creates a Celtic homeland in the heart of Iroquois country. Building on recent studies of the Indian-white frontier (e.g., Shirley Christian's Before Lewis and Clark, 2004; and Jill Lepore's The Name of War, 1998) and the mixed society that formed in the margin between nations, Irish Times columnist O'Toole (A Traitor's Kiss, 1998, etc.) recounts the life of the soldier-adventurer William Johnson. The scion of a landowning family whose holdings had been badly reduced by the English conquest of Ireland, Johnson followed the example of his older cousin, a hero of the Royal Navy, and served the Crown, but always with qualifications, and always with one overarching imperative: to "get back the ancestral lands." Johnson found himself deep in the forests of northern New York, where, setting the stage for the French and Indian War, he negotiated alliances with the Iroquois nations and organized raids into French Canada. The war he and his rangers fought was much different from the stand-and-shoot model of European conflict. One young French officer, for instance, fought bravely but was killed when he asked for quarters; Johnson recorded that the young man's wounds were so bad that it was a mercy killing, but, writes O'Toole, "the pretence that killing him was an act of kindness does not alter the evident reality that his scalp was worth 10." So it was on the frontier, where ordinary laws did not apply and Johnson, in fact, was more or less free to set his own rules. And so he did, sometimes violating the directives of the Crown to his advantage. O'Toole capably recounts Johnson's achievements in making peace, however tenuous, on thefrontier, and making a refuge for displaced Catholic Scots and Irish-a place that would become an extraordinarily bloody battleground soon after Johnson's death, at the start of the Revolution. A welcome addition to the literature of the colonial frontier.





Looney, J. Jefferson & Ruth L. Woodward.. PRINCETONIANS, 1791-1794: A BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY. Princeton University Press, 1991., F/VG. Some slight scuffing to dust jacket, book otherwise Fine. Notes, appendices, index, 577 pp.
~~~ Contains biographies of John Randolph of Roanoke, George Minos Bibb of Kentucky, George Washington Campbell of Tennessee (Secretary of Treasury during War of 1812), Joseph Caldwell (developed University of North Carolina), Isaac Van Doren (pioneer in education of women), Bishop John Henry Hobat, William Arden Hosack & James Chesnut, father of Mary Chesnut.
~~~ Currently in print at $75.


Lustig, Mary Lou, PRIVILEGE AND PREROGATIVE: NEW YORK'S PROVINCIAL ELITE, 1710-1776. Farleigh Dickinson University Press., 1995. As new condition. Hardcover with dust jacket. Notes, bibliography, index, 230 pages.


[Milton] Schulman, Lydia Dittler, PARADISE LOST, AND THE RISE OF THE AMERICAN REPUBLIC . Northeastern University Press , 1992. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket, still in shrinkwrap. Notes, bibliography, index, 273 pages.
~~~ This book examines "how American readers understood and employed Milton's text before, during, and after the American Revolution. Contending that Milton's epic, which was written after the fall of the English Commonwealth, represented the author's 'reflections on the difficulties of creating and sustaining . . . governments that ultimately rest upon the virtue and self-discipline of their citizens', Schulman suggests that this embedded debate on republicanism made his poem a touchstone for secular politicians during the rise of the American republic.
~~~ From Booknews: "Schulman argues that an important, overlooked key to uncovering the social and political subtext of Milton's (1608-1674) epic is its popularity and use in the early American republic. At the same time, she demonstrates that an examination of the American reception of Paradise Lost contributes to an understanding of the ideological origins of the American Revolution." Annotation. From The American Historical Review: "For Schulman, the real point is Milton's argument that republican liberty, based on an educated, virtuous citizenry, must meet the challenge of controlling narrow self-interest through enlightened reason. . . . If Schulman inevitably fails to prove her thesis 'definitively,' she succeeds admirably in suggesting the complexity of Milton's role in the still lively debate over the soul of the republic. Her book is a strong contribution to that debate.


[Milton] Stavely, Keith W. F., PURITAN LEGACIES: Paradise Lost and the New England Tradition, 1630-1890. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Cornell University Press, 1995). Notes, index, 312 pages. Stavely presents Milton's Paradise Lost as a model of the tensions inherent in mid-17th-century English Puritanism and in New England Puritanism through 1890. He {seeks to} show how Milton's portrayal of Adam, Eve, and Satan represents persistent Puritan conflicts between hierarchy and egalitarian individual autonomy and between rationality and enthusiasm. {In an attempt} to illustrate his thesis, Stavely studies the career of 18th-century Westborough, Massachusetts pastor Rev. Ebenezer Parkman and 19th-century Marlborough, Massachusetts newspaper editor Charles F. Morse.


[Milton] Van Anglen, K.P., NEW ENGLAND MILTON: Literary Reception and Cultural Authority in the Early Republic . Pennsylvania State University Press , 1993. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket, still in shrinkwrap. Notes, bibliography, index, 255 pages. "This is a study of interpretations of Milton by New England intellectuals. "Interpreting Milton to their advantage, Van Anglen argues, the New England elite used him in their formulations of consensualist positions that became key elements of the developing American cultural hegemony. At the same time, restive thinkers from Roger Williams to Walt Whitman read Milton's works and career as more averse, thereby endorsing a more romantic, rebellious, and democratic American spirit. After a . . . chapter surveying these conflicts and their consequences between 1620 and the 1780s, Van Anglen focuses upon the Unitarians and the transcendentalists in his remaining chapters. . . . {In} readings of {William Ellery} Channing's review of Milton's De Doctrina, Emerson's essay 'John Milton,' his poem 'Uriel,' and his 'Divinity School Address,' and Thoreau's A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers and Walden {Van Anglen aims to} demonstrate how each transcended the dualism and contradictions of cultural authority." (New England Quarterly).
~~~ Currently in print at $54.50.



Morison, Samuel Eliot, THE CONSERVATIVE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. NEW copy. Issued without dust jacket. (The Society of the Cincinnati, 1976). The Inaugural George Rogers Clark Lecture, 22 April 1975. A very handsomely printed & bound little book, on heavy, laid paper. Frontispiece photograph, notes, index, 42 pages. OUT OF PRINT.


[Morris], Howard Swiggett, THE EXTRAORDINARY MR. MORRIS, VG/Poor. Book in clean, tight condition. Jacket more or less in tatters, with large tears, pieces missing, and completely faded spine (see picture). Previous owner's signature to top of FEP. Doubleday & Company, Garden City, New York, 1952. Fourteen pages of plates, notes, bibliography, index, 483 pages. "One of the youngest and most powerful members of the Continental Congress, later with Robert Morris managing the finances of the Revolutionary War, Gouverneur Morris also contributed wonderfully by his force, wisdom, and style to the making of the Constitution. He was Minister to France during the Terror, displaced Talleyrand for the favors of the fascinating Adelaide de Flahaut, and was beloved by other highborn ladies in half a dozen countries. Then in the third and final act of this drama he brushed aside the dark shadows around Nancy Randolph, twenty years his junior, to marry that 'homeless child of want'." Employs many newly discovered letters, diaries, and other papers. OUT OF PRINT.


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