Our family dreams : the Fletchers' adventures in nineteenth-century America / Daniel Blake Smith.
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- ISBN: 9781137279811
- ISBN: 1137279818
- Physical Description: x, 275 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
- Edition: First edition.
- Publisher: New York City : St. Martin's Press, 2016.
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Includes bibliographic references and index.
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Beginnings -- Heading West -- Settling in -- "The best fortune we can give our children" -- Public life -- Calamities -- War and loyalty -- Legacies.
"In the early years after the Revolution, Americans were on the move, seeking to establish a new way of life. And, more than the church or the school or the courthouse, it was the family that nurtured the American Dream. In this novel-like narrative, Daniel Blake Smith vividly brings to life the Fletchers, a family of loving, ambitious, at times insecure pioneers who scattered across the vast expanse of post-revolutionary America but kept in touch through letters despite their wildly different life paths.On a hard scrabble farm in Vermont, the patriarch, Jesse Fletcher, struggled with debt and depression but managed to educate his children, especially his son Elijah, a Yankee who moved to Virginia, shocked by the horrors of slavery but then seduced by the plantation lifestyle. Another son, Calvin, left at age 17 for Indianapolis to become a self-made lawyer, banker, and a prominent citizen and passionate abolitionist. The grandchildren include Indiana, a women's education activist who donated her home tocreate Sweet Briar College; black sheep Lucian, who went to California to join in the gold rush; and physician Billy captured as a spy during the Civil War. Through letters and diaries, we find that the Fletchers appear surprisingly similar to us; they dream, fret, fight, and love. Despite numerous heartaches and setbacks, their spirit of enterprise, sacrifice, mobility, and education endures as American values to this day"-- Provided by publisher.
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