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The Resource Our family dreams : the Fletchers' adventures in nineteenth-century America, Daniel Blake Smith

Our family dreams : the Fletchers' adventures in nineteenth-century America, Daniel Blake Smith

Label
Our family dreams : the Fletchers' adventures in nineteenth-century America
Title
Our family dreams
Title remainder
the Fletchers' adventures in nineteenth-century America
Statement of responsibility
Daniel Blake Smith
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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 to create 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
Biography type
collective biography
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 973.50922
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Target audience
adult
Label
Our family dreams : the Fletchers' adventures in nineteenth-century America, Daniel Blake Smith
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Beginnings -- Heading West -- Settling In -- "The Best Fortune We Can Give Our Children" -- Public Life -- Calamities -- War and Loyalty -- Legacies
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 275 pages
Immediate source of acquisition
LSC
Isbn
9781137279811
Lccn
2015028245
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • 1777941
  • 834738
Label
Our family dreams : the Fletchers' adventures in nineteenth-century America, Daniel Blake Smith
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Beginnings -- Heading West -- Settling In -- "The Best Fortune We Can Give Our Children" -- Public Life -- Calamities -- War and Loyalty -- Legacies
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 275 pages
Immediate source of acquisition
LSC
Isbn
9781137279811
Lccn
2015028245
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • 1777941
  • 834738

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