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The Resource Lafayette in the somewhat United States, Sarah Vowell

Lafayette in the somewhat United States, Sarah Vowell

Label
Lafayette in the somewhat United States
Title
Lafayette in the somewhat United States
Statement of responsibility
Sarah Vowell
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Chronicling General Lafayette's years in Washington's army, Vowell reflects on the ideals of the American Revolution versus the reality of the Revolutionary War. Riding shotgun with Lafayette, Vowell swerves from the high-minded debates of Independence Hall to the frozen wasteland of Valley Forge, from bloody battlefields to the Palace of Versailles, bumping into John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Lord Cornwallis, Benjamin Franklin, Marie Antoinette and various kings, Quakers and redcoats along the way. Drawn to the patriots' war out of a lust for glory, Enlightenment ideas and the traditional French hatred for the British, young Lafayette crossed the Atlantic expecting to join forces with an undivided people, encountering instead fault lines between the Continental Congress and the Continental Army, rebel and loyalist inhabitants, and a conspiracy to fire George Washington, the one man holding together the rickety, seemingly doomed patriot cause. While Vowell's yarn is full of the bickering and infighting that marks the American past--and present--her telling of the Revolution is just as much a story of friendship: between Washington and Lafayette, between the Americans and their French allies and, most of all between Lafayette and the American people" --
Summary
A portrait of the French hero of the American Revolution, the Marquis de Lafayette, discusses his nonpartisan influence on a fledgling United States, his relationships with the Founding Fathers, and his contributions during the contentious 1824 presidential election
Pace
Tone
Writing style
Assigning source
provided by publisher
Biography type
individual biography
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10446305
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1969-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Vowell, Sarah
Dewey number
  • 355.0092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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True
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  • Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier
  • Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier
  • United States
  • Generals
  • Statesmen
  • Generals
  • France
  • Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier
  • American Revolution (1775-1783)
  • Generals
  • Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
  • Politics and government
  • Statesmen
  • France
  • United States
Target audience
adult
Label
Lafayette in the somewhat United States, Sarah Vowell
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn900623786
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
274 pages
Isbn
9781594631740
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2015024639
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)900623786
Label
Lafayette in the somewhat United States, Sarah Vowell
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn900623786
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
274 pages
Isbn
9781594631740
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2015024639
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)900623786

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