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Peterson, Merrill D.

Works: 172 works in 536 publications in 1 language and 27,795 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Biographies  Conference papers and proceedings  Sources  Guidebooks  Biographical television programs  Documentary television programs  Documentary films  Nonfiction films 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Author of introduction, Translator, Publishing director
Classifications: E302, B
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Thomas Jefferson and the new nation; a biography by Merrill D Peterson( Book )

36 editions published between 1970 and 2003 in English and held by 3,320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Writings by Thomas Jefferson( Book )

25 editions published between 1984 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,065 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The most comprehensive one-volume selection of Jefferson ever published. Contains the "Autobiography," "Notes on the State of Virginia," public and private papers, including the original and revised drafts of the Declaration of Independence, addresses, and 287 letters." -- Publisher's description
The great triumvirate : Webster, Clay, and Calhoun by Merrill D Peterson( Book )

14 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 2,937 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Enormously powerful, intensely ambitious, the very personifications of their respective regions--Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, and John C. Calhoun represented the foremost statesmen of their age. In the decades preceding the Civil War, they dominated American congressional politics as no other figures have. Now Merrill D. Peterson, one of our most gifted historians, brilliantly re-creates the lives and times of these great men in this monumental collective biography. Peterson brings to life the great events in which the Triumvirate figured so prominently, including the debates on Clay's American System, the Missouri Compromise, the Webster-Hayne debate, the Bank War, the Webster-Ashburton Treaty, the annexation of Texas, and the Compromise of 1850. At once a sweeping narrative and a penetrating study of non-presidential leadership, this book offers an indelible picture of this conservative era in which statesmen viewed the preservation of the legacy of free government inherited from the Founding Fathers as their principal mission. In fascinating detail, Peterson demonstrates how precisely Webster, Clay, and Calhoun exemplify three facets of this national mind."--Book description,
Lincoln in American memory by Merrill D Peterson( Book )

24 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in English and held by 2,022 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lincoln's death, like his life, was an event of epic proportions. When the president was struck down at his moment of triumph, writes Merrill Peterson, "sorrow--indescribable sorrow" swept the nation. After lying in state in Washington, Lincoln's body was carried by a special funeral train to Springfield, Illinois, stopping in major cities along the way; perhaps a million people viewed the remains as memorial orations rang out and the world chorused its praise. It was the apotheosis of the martyred president--the beginning of the transformation of a man into a mythic hero. In Lincoln in American Memory, historian Merrill Peterson provides a fascinating history of Lincoln's place in American thought and imagination from the hour of his death to the present. In tracing the changing image of Lincoln through time, this wide-ranging account offers insight into the evolution and the struggles of American politics and society--and into the character of Lincoln himself. Westerners, Easterners, even Southerners were caught up in the idealization of the late president, reshaping his memory and laying claim to his mantle, as his widow, son, memorial builders, and memorabilia collectors fought over his visible legacy. Peterson also looks at the complex responses of blacks to the memory of Lincoln, as they moved from exultation at the end of slavery to the harsh reality of free life amid deep poverty and segregation; at more than one memorial event for the great emancipator, the author notes, blacks were excluded. He makes an engaging examination of the flood of reminiscences and biographies, from Lincoln's old law partner William H. Herndon to the poet Carl Sandburg and beyond. Serious historians were late in coming to the topic; for decades the myth-makers sought to shape the image of the hero president to suit their own agendas. He was made a voice of prohibition, a saloon-keeper, an infidel, a devout Christian, the first Bull Moose Progressive, a military blunderer and (after the First World War) a military genius, a white supremacist (according to D.W. Griffith and other Southern admirers), and a touchstone for the civil rights movement. Through it all, Peterson traces five principal images of Lincoln: the savior of the Union, the great emancipator, man of the people, first American, and self-made man. In identifying these archetypes, he tells us much not only of Lincoln but of our own identity as a people. This absorbing book leads us on a revealing tour through our changing image of our greatest president--and our changing image of ourselves
The Jefferson image in the American mind by Merrill D Peterson( Book )

38 editions published between 1960 and 1998 in English and held by 1,844 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Since its publication in 1960, The Jefferson Image in the American Mind has become a classic of historical scholarship. In it Merrill D. Peterson charts Thomas Jefferson's influence upon American thought and imagination since his death in 1826. Peterson's focus is "not primarily with the truth or falsity of the image either as a whole or in its parts, but rather with its illuminations of the evolving culture and its shaping power. It is posterity's configuration of Jefferson. Even more, however, it is a sensitive reflector, through several generations, of America's troubled search of the image of itself.""
James Madison, a biography in his own words by James Madison( Book )

9 editions published between 1972 and 1974 in English and held by 1,408 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on the Papers of James Madison, edited by W.T. Hutchinson and W.M.E. Rachal (v. 1-7) and by R.A. Rutland and W.M.E. Rachal (v.8)
The portable Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson( Book )

35 editions published between 1975 and 1988 in English and held by 1,332 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a broad view of Jefferson in the fullness of his thought and imagination. Includes a sampling of his most important writings as well as letters to George Washington, James Madison, John Adams
Adams and Jefferson : a revolutionary dialogue by Merrill D Peterson( Book )

20 editions published between 1976 and 1980 in English and held by 1,276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Draws a parallel between the backgrounds, experiences, personalities, and intellectual styles of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, and examines their work in the achievement of independence and the design of new governments for Massachusetts and Virginia. Proceeds to examine their contrasting responses to the Old World, focusing on their relationship to the coming of the French Revolution and carrying the theme forward into the establishment of the new American government under the Constitution. Also examines the "Revolution of 1800" beginning with the contest between Adams and Jefferson for the presidency in 1796, and finally, the reconciliation of the two men, examining at some length their famous correspondence, with a special view to their contrasting assessments of the age of revolution through which they had lived and to their hopes for the future
Democracy, liberty and property; the State Constitutional Conventions of the 1820's by Merrill D Peterson( Book )

18 editions published between 1966 and 2014 in English and held by 1,165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Before the Civil War, the history of American democracy was state-centered. Under the constitutional system as it then existed, the states had virtually exclusive jurisdiction over almost all matters of concern to the average citizen. State government and state policy were pretty much a reflection of state constitutional systems, and the state constitutions, in turn, were the product of state constitutional conventions. These constitutional conventions were held to frame a body of supreme and fundamental law that defined the government, including its powers and limitations. By the 1820's, time had brought transforming changes in society and new political ideas that demanded expression in fundamental law. New conventions that would liberalize the existing constitutional system were held in which statesmen of a new generation engaged in great debates on the sources and ends of government with the surviving giants of a dying age. They confronted each other on the most controversial issues of the age. The issues varied from state to state, but everywhere they were sharply contested and the debates were the most profound since the first conventions that ratified the Constitution of the United States. In this book, the author focuses on the three greatest conventions of the period, those of Massachusetts, New York, and Virginia. -- From Foreward
Thomas Jefferson : a profile by Thomas Jefferson( Book )

9 editions published between 1967 and 1969 in English and held by 856 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thomas Jefferson : a reference biography by Merrill D Peterson( Book )

9 editions published in 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 848 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twenty-five essays discuss Jefferson's accomplishments as a statesman, diplomat, scientist, architect, farmer, and politician
John Brown : the legend revisited by Merrill D Peterson( Book )

9 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and held by 713 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A fervent abolitionist, his New England reserve tempered by a childhood on the Ohio frontier, John Brown advocated arming fugitive slaves to fight for their freedom, an idea that impressed Frederick Douglass, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry David Thoreau. In 1855, answering the call of his five sons to join them in the desperate struggle for freedom in the new territories, John Brown became a hero of "Bleeding Kansas." When he returned east, the fiery leader launched his ambitious campaign to rouse the slaves to freedom with a raid on the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry in 1859. Labeled a madman for his failed military adventure, and repudiated even by prominent antislavery leaders, Brown was tried in a Virginia court and sentenced to hang for treason and sundry other crimes. Brown's reputation has undergone a series of tectonic shifts since he met his death on the gallows just before the Civil War. Southerners viewed his exploits with apprehension, seeing Harpers Ferry as a harbinger of servile insurrection, while Brown's eloquence before the court won him sympathy in the North and confirmed his place there as a hero and martyr. Thoreau, the author of passive resistance, wrote of Brown as a man of conscience. Perhaps most important historically, Brown's exploits convinced Southerners that Lincoln's election meant secession and a call to arms. Peterson gives us Brown in his own day, but he also shows how the abolitionist warrior's image, celebrated in art, literature, and journalism, has shed some of the infamy conferred by "Bleeding Kansas" to become a symbol of American idealism and fervor to activists along the political spectrum. And so in the civil rights battles of the twentieth century, Brown became a hero to African Americans. --From publisher's description
The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom : its evolution and consequences in American history( Book )

13 editions published between 1988 and 2003 in English and held by 667 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Olive branch and sword : the compromise of 1833 by Merrill D Peterson( Book )

3 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 553 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Major crises in American history: documentary problem by Leonard W Levy( Book )

9 editions published in 1962 in English and held by 502 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In v. 2 Peterson's name appears first in the editorship statement. 1. 1689-1861.--2. 1865-1953
Jefferson Memorial : an essay by Merrill D Peterson( Book )

5 editions published between 1995 and 1998 in English and held by 456 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Starving Armenians" : America and the Armenian Genocide, 1915-1930 and after by Merrill D Peterson( Book )

6 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 447 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Between 1915 and 1925 as many as 1.5 million Armenian men, women, and children died in Ottoman Turkey, victims of execution, starvation, and death marches to the Syrian Desert." "In "Starving Armenians," Merrill Peterson explores the American response to these atrocities, beginning with the initial reports to President Wilson from his ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, Henry Morgenthau, who described Turkey as "a place of horror." The West gradually began to take notice. As the New York Times carried stories about the "slow massacre of a race," public outrage over this tragedy led to an unprecedented philanthropic crusade spearheaded by Near East Relief, an organization rooted in Protestant missionary endeavors in the Near East and dedicated to saving the survivors of the first genocide of the twentieth century. The book also addresses the Armenian aspirations for an independent republic under American auspices; these hopes went unfulfilled in the peacemaking after the war and ended altogether when Armenia was absorbed into the Soviet Union."--Jacket
Thomas Jefferson : philosopher of freedom by Adam Friedman( Visual )

4 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The public life of Jefferson was exemplary, but his private life was flawed
Visitors to Monticello by Merrill D Peterson( Book )

5 editions published between 1989 and 1993 in English and held by 338 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The president and his biographer : Woodrow Wilson and Ray Stannard Baker by Merrill D Peterson( Book )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The great triumvirate : Webster, Clay, and CalhounLincoln in American memoryThe Jefferson image in the American mindThe portable Thomas JeffersonAdams and Jefferson : a revolutionary dialogueDemocracy, liberty and property; the State Constitutional Conventions of the 1820'sJohn Brown : the legend revisitedThe Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom : its evolution and consequences in American history
Alternative Names
Merrill D. Peterson American historian

Merrill D. Peterson Amerikaans historicus (-)

Merrill D. Peterson Amerikaans historicus (1921-2009)

Merrill D. Peterson historiador estatunidenc

Merrill D. Peterson historien américain

Merrill D. Peterson US-amerikanischer Historiker und Schriftsteller

Peterson, Merrill Daniel

Peterson, Merrill Daniel, 1921-2009


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