The Athens of America

In this book, historian Thomas H. O'Connor sets the matter straight by showing that Boston's eminence during the first half of the nineteenth century was the result of a much broader community effort.

Author: Thomas H. O'Connor


ISBN: UOM:39015063254059

Category: History

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How Bostonians fashioned a shining image of their city in the early nineteenth century Many people are generally familiar with the fact that Boston was once known as the Athens of America. Very few, however, are clear about exactly why, except for their recollections of the famous writers and poets who gave the city a reputation for literature and learning. In this book, historian Thomas H. O'Connor sets the matter straight by showing that Boston's eminence during the first half of the nineteenth century was the result of a much broader community effort. After the nation emerged from its successful struggle for independence, most Bostonians visualized their city not only as the Cradle of Liberty, but also as the new world's Cradle of Civilization. According to O'Connor, a leadership elite, composed of men of prominent family background, Unitarian beliefs, liberal education, and managerial experience in a variety of enterprises, used their personal talents and substantial financial resources to promote the cultural, intellectual, and humanitarian interests of Boston to the point where it would be the envy of the nation. this process, but so did physicians and lawyers, ministers and teachers, merchants and businessmen, mechanics and artisans, all involved in creating a well-ordered city whose citizens would be committed to the ideals of social progress and personal perfectibility. To accomplish their noble vision, leading members of the Boston community joined in programs designed to cleanse the old town of what they felt were generations of accumulated social stains and human failures, and then to create new programs and more efficient institutions that would raise the cultural and intellectual standards of all its citizens. Like ancient Athens, Boston would be a city of great statesmen, wealthy patrons, inspiring artists, and profound thinkers, headed by members of the happy and respectable classes who would assume responsibility for the safety, welfare, and education of the less prosperous portions of the community. America is an interpretive synthesis that explores the numerous secondary sources that have concentrated on individual subjects and personalities, and draws their various conclusions into a single comprehensive narrative.
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From Athens to America

Combining political science with philosophy, the Judeo-Christian tradition, and medical research, this book illustrates how we formulate public policies that enable people to grow and develop into healthy humans, what each of us is fully ...

Author: Lewis D. Solomon

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739115952

Category: Political Science

Page: 202

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From Athens to America calls for the reversal of the withdrawal of the character-forming function from the political domain, arguing for public sector-federal, state, and local-involvement in character formation. Solomon focuses on four specific virtues to serve as a guide to public policy formation: self-esteem, joy and optimism, equanimity, and personal responsibility. He calls for the public sector to move beyond the efforts of families, faith communities, and civic organizations, and take a vital role in fostering character development and promoting these virtues. Combining political science with philosophy, the Judeo-Christian tradition, and medical research, this book illustrates how we formulate public policies that enable people to grow and develop into healthy humans, what each of us is fully capable of becoming.
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Athens of America

ATHENS OF AMERICA A PLAY IN TWO ACTS WITH AN EPILOGUE JOHN ROSS, JR. Copyright © 2021 by John Ross, Jr. ISBN: Softcover eBook Front Cover.

Author: John Ross Jr.

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781664159723

Category: Performing Arts

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ATHENS OF AMERICA: A Play in Two Acts with and Epilogue is inspired by and loosely based upon, Il giaco delle parti (Rules of the Game) by Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936). Set in a popular Italian neighborhood simply known as: Boston’s North End, Athens of America explores marital betrayal, worshipful jealousy and boyhood rivalry. Midst Emily Dickenson, foreboding Latin phrases, the paranormal and pious ritual, this new work unites the immortal leitmotifs of classic Pirandellian drama. Here, illusion, hope, individualism and psychological exploitation meet head-on with Jim Morrison, NASA, art galleries and the meticulous niceties of gourmet cooking. The play’s entire ensemble is persistently gripped by the trials of bewildered identities, contrived fantasies and the outcomes of their own distorted self-images. In this new play, we immediately recognize how oftentimes our own sense of self may solely exist in relation to others and their own premeditated and controlling cosmologies. Each character is habitually trapped by shifting facets of overwhelming desire, ones shrouding themselves in a consuming abyss of delusion, deceit and duplicity. This is a play of verbal pretext, ominous revelation and ultimate tragic vengeance. * * * * * * * * * A lesser known moniker for the city Boston is “The Athens of America”, used mainly in literary circles during the first half of the 20th Century. One of the alleged sources is to be found in a letter written in 1764 by Samuel Adams (along with many other suspected sources of imprecise origin.) * * * * * * * * * “Just to be in Boston, in Cambridge, on a Monday night was very horrifying to me. It frightens me . . . All the stores closing up by 5 or 6, coffeehouses being open maybe until 11, just the sense that the world shuts down and you're left with yourself.” –Ann Douglas
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Athens America

Athens, America is a book about how a police mistake almost destroys a small college town. Two men must deal with the death of their daughters and overcome their grief.

Author: Larry Baker


ISBN: 0975572407

Category: Fiction

Page: 300

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Athens, America is a book about how a police mistake almost destroys a small college town. Two men must deal with the death of their daughters and overcome their grief.
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Welcome to America Mr Sherlock Holmes

Victorian America meets Arthur Conan Doyle Christopher Redmond ... Wednesday, October 31: A Cabman in the Athens of America Today finds ACD in Boston, ...

Author: Christopher Redmond

Publisher: Dundurn

ISBN: 9781554883745

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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Christopher Redmond’s fascinating account of Doyle’s first trip to America has been reconstructed from newspaper accounts describing the places Doyle visited, from the Adirondacks to New York, Chicago, and Toronto. Despite the gruelling tour schedule, Doyle met dozens of the most important literary and social lights of America. Everywhere he went he was mobbed by public hungry for news of the man he had "killed off" a year earlier — Sherlock Holmes, who was front page news. In Redmond’s lively narrative, which is based on letters, newspaper reports, and other newly unearthed sources, you will discover, as Doyle himself put it, "the romance of America."
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Athens Rome and England

This is a glaring oversight, one that clouds our understanding of the Constitution and American law and politics in general. For the Constitution did not spring up suddenly in 1787.

Author: Matthew A Pauley

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781497675131

Category: Political Science

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Uncovering the roots of the U.S. Constitution The U.S. Constitution influences nearly every aspect of our lives. But for all the fierce disputes about what the Constitution means, the historical foundations of America’s legal and political institutions pass almost unnoticed today. This is a glaring oversight, one that clouds our understanding of the Constitution and American law and politics in general. For the Constitution did not spring up suddenly in 1787. The framers were influenced at every turn by a tradition of constitutional development dating back to ancient times. Political scientist and legal scholar Matthew A. Pauley fills in the blanks in our understanding by chronicling the three most important influences on the American constitutional experience: ancient Greece, ancient Rome, and England. Pauley’s masterful historical survey sheds new light on our system of representative democracy, our court structure, and our traditions of law—civil and criminal, public and private. No student of law or government can afford to ignore this highly readable, deeply informative work. Athens, Rome, and England adds immeasurably to our appreciation and understanding of the roots of the American Constitution and our legal and political system.
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Coming to Terms with America

Athens. and. Jerusalem. The Jews of Boston in Historical Perspective Boston, historian Sam Bass Warner once wrote, “is a unique place with its own ...

Author: Jonathan D. Sarna

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780827618794

Category: History

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Coming to Terms with America examines how Jews have long “straddled two civilizations,” endeavoring to be both Jewish and American at once, from the American Revolution to today. In fifteen engaging essays, Jonathan D. Sarna investigates the many facets of the Jewish-American encounter—what Jews have borrowed from their surroundings, what they have resisted, what they have synthesized, and what they have subverted. Part I surveys how Jews first worked to reconcile Judaism with the country’s new democratic ethos and to reconcile their faith-based culture with local metropolitan cultures. Part II analyzes religio-cultural initiatives, many spearheaded by women, and the ongoing tensions between Jewish scholars (who pore over traditional Jewish sources) and activists (who are concerned with applying them). Part III appraises Jewish-Christian relations: “collisions” within the public square and over church-state separation. Originally written over the span of forty years, many of these essays are considered classics in the field, and several remain fixtures of American Jewish history syllabi. Others appeared in fairly obscure venues and will be discovered here anew. Together, these essays—newly updated for this volume—cull the finest thinking of one of American Jewry’s finest historians.
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The Golden Age of the Classics in America

cities that lacked classical names often made up for this by adopting such titles as the “Athens of America” (Boston and Charleston) or the “Athens of the ...

Author: Carl J Richard

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674054493


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In a masterful study Carl Richard explores how the Greek and Roman classics became enshrined in American antebellum culture. For the first time, knowledge of the classics extended beyond aristocratic males to the middle class, women, African Americans, and frontier settlers. The Civil War led to a radical alteration of the educational system in a way that steadily eroded the preeminence of the classics.
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Literary Publishing in America 1790 1850

Hence the early eagerness to identify Philadelphia as the “ Athens ” of America , or Cincinnati as the " Athens ” of the West .

Author: William Charvat

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9781512815184

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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Brill s Companion to Classics in the Early Americas

The most common, more or less explicit, shorthand for these kinds of projects was Athens: turning Philadelphia into the Athens of America, Boston into the ...


Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004468658

Category: Literary Criticism

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Brill’s Companion to Classics in the Early Americas opens a window onto classical receptions across the Hispanophone, Lusophone, Francophone and Anglophone Americas during the early modern period, examining classical reception as a phenomenon in transhemispheric perspective for the first
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The Englishwoman in America

... we found ourselves passing over water, and between long rows of gas-lights, and shortly afterwards the cars stopped at Boston, the Athens of America.

Author: Isabella Lucy Bird

Publisher: Applewood Books

ISBN: 9781429003377

Category: History

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The English traveler explores New England and the Mid-west, commenting on social mores and politics.
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Women and Freedom in Early America

“The Legal Status of Women in Early America: A Reappraisal. ... Women and the Law of Property in Early America. ... A Poet in the Athens of America.

Author: Larry Eldridge

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9780814721988

Category: History

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It is virtually impossible to generalize about the degree to which women in early America were free. What, if anything, did enslaved black women in the South have in common with powerful female leaders in Iroquois society? Were female tavern keepers in the backcountry of North Carolina any more free than nuns and sisters in New France religious orders? Were the restrictions placed on widows and abandoned wives at all comparable to those experienced by autonomous women or spinsters? Bringing to light the enormous diversity of women's experience, Women and Freedom in Early America centers variously on European-American, African-American, and Native American women from 1400 to 1800. Spanning almost half a millenium, the book ranges the colonial terrain, from New France and the Iroquois Nations down through the mainland British-American colonies. By drawing on a wide array of sources, including church and court records, correspondence, journals, poetry, and newspapers, these essays examine Puritan political writings, white perceptions of Indian women, Quaker spinsterhood, and African and Iroquois mythology, among many other topics.
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Athens and America

Author: Sir Alfred Eckhard Zimmern


ISBN: OCLC:606625042

Category: Federal government

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From Workshop to Waste Magnet

Edgar P. Richardson, “The Athens of America: 1800–1825,” in Philadelphia: A 300Year History, ed. Russell F. Weigley (New York: ...

Author: Diane Sicotte

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813574219

Category: Science

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Like many industrialized regions, the Philadelphia metro area contains pockets of environmental degradation: neighborhoods littered with abandoned waste sites, polluting factories, and smoke-belching incinerators. However, other neighborhoods within and around the city are relatively pristine. This eye-opening book reveals that such environmental inequalities did not occur by chance, but were instead the result of specific policy decisions that served to exacerbate endemic classism and racism. From Workshop to Waste Magnet presents Philadelphia’s environmental history as a bracing case study in mismanagement and injustice. Sociologist Diane Sicotte digs deep into the city’s past as a titan of American manufacturing to trace how only a few communities came to host nearly all of the area’s polluting and waste disposal land uses. By examining the complex interactions among economic decline, federal regulations, local politics, and shifting ethnic demographics, she not only dissects what went wrong in Philadelphia but also identifies lessons for environmental justice activism today. Sicotte’s research tallies both the environmental and social costs of industrial pollution, exposing the devastation that occurs when mass quantities of society’s wastes mix with toxic levels of systemic racism and economic inequality. From Workshop to Waste Magnet is a compelling read for anyone concerned with the health of America’s cities and the people who live in them.
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Martha Jefferson Randolph Daughter of Monticello

O'Connor, Athens of America, 3–4, 28–33; Kennedy, Planning the City upon a Hill, 24, 43–50; Burrill, State House, 6; Wenger, “Thomas Jefferson and the ...

Author: Cynthia A. Kierner

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 9780807882504

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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As the oldest and favorite daughter of Thomas Jefferson, Martha "Patsy" Jefferson Randolph (1772-1836) was extremely well educated, traveled in the circles of presidents and aristocrats, and was known on two continents for her particular grace and sincerity. Yet, as mistress of a large household, she was not spared the tedium, frustration, and great sorrow that most women of her time faced. Though Patsy's name is familiar because of her famous father, Cynthia Kierner is the first historian to place Patsy at the center of her own story, taking readers into the largely ignored private spaces of the founding era. Randolph's life story reveals the privileges and limits of celebrity and shows that women were able to venture beyond their domestic roles in surprising ways. Following her mother's death, Patsy lived in Paris with her father and later served as hostess at the President's House and at Monticello. Her marriage to Thomas Mann Randolph, a member of Congress and governor of Virginia, was often troubled. She and her eleven children lived mostly at Monticello, greeting famous guests and debating issues ranging from a woman's place to slavery, religion, and democracy. And later, after her family's financial ruin, Patsy became a fixture in Washington society during Andrew Jackson's presidency. In this extraordinary biography, Kierner offers a unique look at American history from the perspective of this intelligent, tactfully assertive woman.
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The Transformation of Criminal Justice Philadelphia 1800 1880

Richardson, "The Athens of America," p. 218. Of course, the Revolution did spur "a great extension and development of capitalist institutions and market ...

Author: Allen Steinberg

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 0807818445

Category: Reference

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Allen Steinberg brings to life the court-centered criminal justice system of nineteenth-century Philadelphia, chronicles its eclipse, and contrasts it to the system_dominated by the police and public prosecutor_that replaced it. He offers a major reinterp
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The American College and University

Appealing to the state legislature for aid in 1795, the trustees of Princeton declared: We will make New Jersey the Athens of America.

Author: Frederick Rudolph

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 9780820312842

Category: Education

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First published in 1962, Frederick Rudolph's groundbreaking study, The American College and University, remains one of the most useful and significant works on the history of higher education in America. Bridging the chasm between educational and social history, this book was one of the first to examine developments in higher education in the context of the social, economic, and political forces that were shaping the nation at large. Surveying higher education from the colonial era through the mid-twentieth century, Rudolph explores a multitude of issues from the financing of institutions and the development of curriculum to the education of women and blacks, the rise of college athletics, and the complexities of student life. In his foreword to this new edition, John Thelin assesses the impact that Rudolph's work has had on higher education studies. The new edition also includes a bibliographic essay by Thelin covering significant works in the field that have appeared since the publication of the first edition. At a time when our educational system as a whole is under intense scrutiny, Rudolph's seminal work offers an important historical perspective on the development of higher education in the United States.
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