Furstenberg takes his audience on a journey that explores the truth and darker history behind the stories of America's founding fathers, and in particular, George Washington. While he does include the famous story of the cherry tree, Furstenberg includes much of the popular literature of the time that made Washington the figure that he still is today, as well as examines documents that discuss controversial issues such slavery and social development. As Europe has gone through several revolutions in government, social policy, and civic culture, America seems to have become stagnant. Does America's lack of development in social history stem from the early nineteenth century with our founding fathers? 352 pages, paperback.
In this revelatory and genuinely groundbreaking study, François Furstenberg sheds new light on the genesis of American identity. Immersing us in the publishing culture of the early nineteenth century, he shows us how the words of George Washington and others of his generation became America?s sacred scripture and provided the foundation for a new civic culture?one whose reconciliation with slavery unleashed consequences that haunt us still. A dazzling work of scholarship from a brilliant young historian, In the Name of the Father is a major contribution to American social history.
François Furstenberg was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, and Washington. After graduating with a BA from Columbia University, he worked for several years in Paris before pursuing his graduate studies in history at The Johns Hopkins University, where he earned his Ph.D. in 2003. He was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in U.S. history at Cambridge University, England, for one year, after which he moved to Montreal, Canada, where he is an assistant professor of history at the Université de Montréal.
Extraordinary . . . In the deluge of founding father books, FurstenbergÆs blend of high- brow intellectual history and popular culture studies stands out. (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
A profoundly important book for anyone interested in the origins of the American Republic. (Ira Berlin, former president of the Organization of American Historians)