Our Family Dreams: The Fletchers' Adventures in Nineteenth Century America

Daniel Blake Smith

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Our Family Dreams: The Fletchers' Adventures in Nineteenth Century America

Our Family Dreams The Fletchers Adventures in Nineteenth Century America In the early years after the Revolution Americans were on the move seeking to establish a new way of life And than the church or the school or the courthouse it was the family that nurtured the Am

  • Title: Our Family Dreams: The Fletchers' Adventures in Nineteenth Century America
  • Author: Daniel Blake Smith
  • ISBN: 9781137279811
  • Page: 142
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the early years after the Revolution, Americans were on the move, seeking to establish a new way of life And, 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 scatterIn the early years after the Revolution, Americans were on the move, seeking to establish a new way of life And, 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 in Our Family Dreams 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.

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    1. Sarah on said:

      It was interesting to see the different directions the children of Jesse Fletcher, and their children after that, took after leaving home. The writing was very engaging and readable. I was wrapped up in the unfolding lives of this family, and seeing how they were affected not only by the larger events and movements of their times, but also by their own relationships and family successes and tragedies. Throughout, the family was presented in a very humanizing way, to the point that I could see as [...]

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