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Robert Morris S Folly

Author : Ryan K. Smith
ISBN : 9780300196047
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In 1798 Robert Morris—“financier of the American Revolution,” confidant of George Washington, former U.S. senator—plunged from the peaks of wealth and prestige into debtors' prison and public contempt. How could one of the richest men in the United States, one of only two founders who signed the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution, suffer such a downfall? This book examines for the first time the extravagant Philadelphia town house Robert Morris built and its role in bringing about his ruin. Part biography, part architectural history, the book recounts Morris’s wild successes as a merchant, his recklessness as a land speculator, and his unrestrained passion in building his palatial, doomed mansion, once hailed as the most expensive private building in the United States but later known as “Morris’s Folly.” Setting Morris’s tale in the context of the nation’s founding, this volume refocuses attention on an essential yet nearly forgotten American figure while also illuminating the origins of America’s ongoing, ambivalent attitudes toward the superwealthy and their sensational excesses.

Robert Morris

Author : Charles Rappleye
ISBN : 1416572864
Genre : History
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In this biography, the acclaimed author of Sons of Providence, winner of the 2007 George Wash- ington Book Prize, recovers an immensely important part of the founding drama of the country in the story of Robert Morris, the man who financed Washington’s armies and the American Revolution. Morris started life in the colonies as an apprentice in a counting house. By the time of the Revolution he was a rich man, a commercial and social leader in Philadelphia. He organized a clandestine trading network to arm the American rebels, joined the Second Continental Congress, and financed George Washington’s two crucial victories—Valley Forge and the culminating battle at Yorktown that defeated Cornwallis and ended the war. The leader of a faction that included Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and Washington, Morris ran the executive branches of the revolutionary government for years. He was a man of prodigious energy and adroit management skills and was the most successful businessman on the continent. He laid the foundation for public credit and free capital markets that helped make America a global economic leader. But he incurred powerful enemies who considered his wealth and influence a danger to public "virtue" in a democratic society. After public service, he gambled on land speculations that went bad, and landed in debtors prison, where George Washington, his loyal friend, visited him. This once wealthy and powerful man ended his life in modest circumstances, but Rappleye restores his place as a patriot and an immensely important founding father.

A Companion To Satire

Author : Ruben Quintero
ISBN : 9781405171991
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This collection of twenty-nine original essays, surveys satire from its emergence in Western literature to the present. Tracks satire from its first appearances in the prophetic books of the Old Testament through the Renaissance and the English tradition in satire to Michael Moore’s satirical movie Fahrenheit 9/11. Highlights the important influence of the Bible in the literary and cultural development of Western satire. Focused mainly on major classical and European influences on and works of English satire, but also explores the complex and fertile cultural cross-semination within the tradition of literary satire.

A History Of England In The Eighteenth Century

Author : William Edward Hartpole Lecky
ISBN : UOM:39015063789039
Genre : Great Britain
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The Literary World

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Law Times The Journal And Record Of The Law And Lawyers

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Books In Print An Author Title Series Index Bip 1993 94 9 1993 1994 9 O P O S I Titles

Author : R R Bowker Publishing
ISBN : 0835233634
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Black London

Author : Gretchen Gerzina
ISBN : UOM:49015002284884
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Explores the often bleak lives of Blacks in London prior to the abolition of slavery, where most were slaves, and those who were free faced a life of begging and the constant threat of being sold back into slavery

Letters Of The Late Ignatius Sancho An African

Author : Ignatius Sancho
ISBN : UOM:39015064413845
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Saturday Review

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