After the Revolution: Profiles of Early American Culture by Joseph J. Ellis

By Joseph J. Ellis

Via photographs of 4 figures—Charles Willson Peale, Hugh Henry Brackenridge, William Dunlap, and Noah Webster—Joseph Ellis offers a special standpoint at the position of tradition in post-Revolutionary the United States, either its excessive expectancies and its frustrations.
Each existence is interesting in its personal correct, and every is used to brightly remove darkness from the old context.

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In the country town of Brooklyn, a Liberty Pole was put up near the New Utrecht Dutch Church, now the corner of Eighteenth Avenue and Eighty-fourth Street. Others followed on that site through nine generations. One of them still stands, the sixth Liberty Pole in the same ground since the American Revolution. Others rose on the mainland in Westchester County. They spread up the Hudson River to Tappan Zee and Poughkeepsie, and west to the frontier town of German Flatts. Many would be erected after the Revolution in upstate towns such as Buffalo and Rochester, where the Liberty Pole is still a prominent landmark.

Marlin Will, London, November 19, 1774. Image donated by Corbis/Bettmann. That attitude had appeared in the banishment of Roger Williams, the exile of Anne Hutchinson, and the hanging of Quaker missionary Mary Dyer. It persisted into the American Revolution, and Loyalists became the leading victims. In Boston, the place of persecution was the Liberty Tree. "33 In the fall of 1765, the Sons of Liberty heard that Andrew Oliver had talked of withdrawing his resignation as stampmaster. He was ordered to appear at the Liberty Tree and renounce his office forever.

The oaks of Sherwood Forest were emblems of Robin Hood's legendary struggle against the tyrannical sheriff of Nottingham. In 1450, Jack Cade's Rebellion in the east of England took an oak tree for its emblem. " These events were remembered in Boston when Deacon Elliott's elm became the Liberty Tree. C. Kellogg. achusetts governor Francis Bernard wrote in ca, 1830-42. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford. 23 New Englanders also had memories of Connecticut's Charter Oak, where the people of that colony were said to have hidden their fundamental laws from Royal Governor Sir Edmund Andros when he tried to take them away in 1687.

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