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 United States. starting in 1773 with the kin patriarch, a twice-wounded innovative conflict hero, the Andersons accrued land all through what used to be then the yank west. because the eminent non secular historian Harry S. Stout argues, the tale of the Andersons is the tale of America's test in republican capitalism. Congressmen, diplomats, and army generals, the Andersons enthusiastically embraced the rising American gospel of land hypothesis. within the procedure, they grew to become apologists for slavery and Indian removing, and fearful anxiously that the volatility of the marketplace may perhaps make them ruin.
Drawing on an unlimited shop of Anderson kin files, Stout reconstructs their trip to nice wealth as they rode out the cataclysms in their time, from monetary panics to the Civil conflict 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