By Paul E. Johnson
The actual background of a mythical American folks hero
In the 1820s, a fellow named Sam Patch grew up in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, operating there (when he wasn't consuming) as a mill hand for certainly one of America's new cloth businesses. Sam made a reputation for himself someday via leaping seventy ft into the tumultuous waters less than Pawtucket Falls. while in 1827 he repeated the stunt in Paterson, New Jersey, one other mill city, a good higher viewers amassed to cheer at the daredevil they'd name the "Jersey Jumper." necessarily, he went to Niagara Falls, the place in 1829 he jumped now not as soon as yet two times in entrance of hundreds of thousands who had paid for an excellent view.
The distinct social historian Paul E. Johnson supplies this deceptively easy tale all its deserved richness, revealing in its characters and social settings a digital microcosm of Jacksonian the US. He additionally relates the genuine jumper to the mythic Sam Patch who became up as a bold ethical hero within the works of Hawthorne and Melville, in London performs and pantomimes, and within the highlight with Davy Crockett—a Sam Patch who turned the namesake of Andrew Jackson's favourite horse.
In his intelligent and robust research, Johnson casts new mild on facets of yank society that we can have missed or underestimated. this can be leading edge American historical past at its best.
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