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The Resource Founding friendships : friendships between men and women in the early American republic, Cassandra A. Good

Founding friendships : friendships between men and women in the early American republic, Cassandra A. Good

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Founding friendships : friendships between men and women in the early American republic
Title
Founding friendships
Title remainder
friendships between men and women in the early American republic
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Cassandra A. Good
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Language
eng
Summary
  • ""When Harry Met Sally" is only the most iconic of popular American movies, books, and articles that pose the question of whether friendships between men and women are possible. In Founding Friendships, Cassandra A. Good shows that this question was embedded in and debated as far back as the birth of the American nation. Indeed, many of the nation's founding fathers had female friends but popular rhetoric held that these relationships were fraught with social danger, if not impossible. Elite men and women formed loving, politically significant friendships in the early national period that were crucial to the individuals' lives as well as the formation of a new national political system, as Cassandra Good illuminates. Abigail Adams called her friend Thomas Jefferson "one of the choice ones on earth," while George Washington signed a letter to his friend Elizabeth Powel with the words "I am always Yours." Their emotionally rich language is often mistaken for romance, but by analyzing period letters, diaries, novels, and etiquette books, Good reveals that friendships between men and women were quite common. At a time when personal relationships were deeply political, these bonds offered both parties affection and practical assistance as well as exemplified republican values of choice, freedom, equality, and virtue. In so doing, these friendships embodied the core values of the new nation and represented a transitional moment in gender and culture. Northern and Southern, famous and lesser known, the men and women examined in Founding Friendships offer a fresh look at how the founding generation defined and experienced friendship, love, gender, and power"--
  • "American popular culture is filled with movies, books, and articles asking whether friendships between men and women are possible. In Founding Friendships, Cassandra Good demonstrates that this is hardly a new issue; indeed, many of the nation's founding fathers had female friends. Elite men and women over two hundred years ago formed loving, politically significant friendships. Abigail Adams called her friend Thomas Jefferson "one of the choice ones on earth," while George Washington signed a letter to his friend Elizabeth Powel with the words "I am always Yours." The emotionally rich language of this period is often mistaken for romance, but this book's innovative analysis of letters, diaries, poetry, and novels in the past reveals that friendships between men and women were quite common. At a time when personal relationships were deeply political, these friendships embodied the core values of the new nation. Founding Friendships offers a fresh and expansive look at how America's founding generation of men and women defined and experienced friendship, love, gender, and power in the new nation"--
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Good, Cassandra A
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index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Friendship
  • Friendship
  • Man-woman relationships
  • Man-woman relationships
  • HISTORY / United States / Revolutionary Period (1775-1800)
  • Friendship
  • Man-woman relationships
  • HISTORY / United States / 19th Century
  • United States
  • United States
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Founding friendships : friendships between men and women in the early American republic, Cassandra A. Good
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-277) and index
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volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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rdacontent
Contents
Machine generated contents note: -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- 1. Three Stories of Friendship -- 2. Reading Friendship -- 3. Friends and Lovers -- 4. Propriety, Positioning, and the Public Face of Friendship -- 5. Friendly Letters -- 6. The Gifts of Friendship -- 7. The Power of Friendship -- Afterword -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
889522428
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
ix, 289 pages
Isbn
9780199376179
Lccn
2014027390
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)889522428
Label
Founding friendships : friendships between men and women in the early American republic, Cassandra A. Good
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-277) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Machine generated contents note: -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- 1. Three Stories of Friendship -- 2. Reading Friendship -- 3. Friends and Lovers -- 4. Propriety, Positioning, and the Public Face of Friendship -- 5. Friendly Letters -- 6. The Gifts of Friendship -- 7. The Power of Friendship -- Afterword -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
889522428
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
ix, 289 pages
Isbn
9780199376179
Lccn
2014027390
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)889522428

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