By Harry S. Stout
American Aristocrats is a multigenerational biography of the Andersons of Kentucky, a kinfolk of strivers who passionately believed within the promise of the US. starting in 1773 with the relatives patriarch, a twice-wounded innovative warfare hero, the Andersons collected land all through what was once then the yank west. because the eminent spiritual historian Harry S. Stout argues, the tale of the Andersons is the tale of America's scan in republican capitalism. Congressmen, diplomats, and armed forces generals, the Andersons enthusiastically embraced the rising American gospel of land hypothesis. within the approach, they grew to become apologists for slavery and Indian removing, and fearful anxiously that the volatility of the industry may make them ruin.
Drawing on an enormous shop of Anderson family members documents, Stout reconstructs their trip to nice wealth as they rode out the cataclysms in their time, from monetary panics to the Civil struggle and past. throughout the Andersons we see how the entice of wealth formed American capitalism and the nation's continental aspirations.
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American Aristocrats: A Family, a Fortune, and the Making of American Capitalism by Harry S. Stout