American Aristocrats: A Family, a Fortune, and the Making of by Harry S. Stout

By Harry S. Stout

The tale of an formidable relations on the leading edge of the good middle-class land seize that formed early American capitalism

American Aristocrats is a multigenerational biography of the Andersons of Kentucky, a relatives of strivers who passionately believed within the promise of the United States. starting in 1773 with the relations patriarch, a twice-wounded progressive battle hero, the Andersons collected land all through what used to be then the yank west. because the eminent non secular historian Harry S. Stout argues, the tale of the Andersons is the tale of America's test in republican capitalism. Congressmen, diplomats, and army generals, the Andersons enthusiastically embraced the rising American gospel of land hypothesis. within the procedure, they turned apologists for slavery and Indian elimination, and frightened anxiously that the volatility of the industry could make them ruin.

Drawing on an enormous shop of Anderson relations documents, Stout reconstructs their trip to nice wealth as they rode out the cataclysms in their time, from monetary panics to the Civil warfare and past. in the course of the Andersons we see how the entice of wealth formed American capitalism and the nation's continental aspirations.

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