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Randall, Willard Sterne
Ethan Allen : his life and times / Willard Sterne Randall
1st ed
New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2011
book jacket
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 3rd Floor  E207.A4 R36 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject Allen, Ethan, 1738-1789
Subject(s) Soldiers -- United States -- Biography
Subject United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Biography
Vermont -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783
Fort Ticonderoga (N.Y.) -- Capture, 1775
Vermont. Militia -- Biography
Vermont -- History -- To 1791
Physical Description xiv, 617 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [557]-578) and index
Contents "The most unwearied pains." "A sincere passion for liberty" ; "The roughest township in Connecticut" ; "I experienced great advantages" ; "Any furnace for making steel" -- "Gods of the hills." "A tumultuous and offensive manner" ; "The greatest hassurds of his life" ; "No better than peddlers" ; "Gods of the hills" ; "The law of self-preservation" ; "In the name of the great Jehovah" -- "No damned Arnold." "Thou bold blasphemer" ; "I had no chance to fly" ; "Ye shall grace a halter" ; "A game of hazard" ; "A hook in the nose" ; "Clodhopper philosopher."
Summary Presents a biography of the frontier Founding Father who led a daring attack on Fort Ticonderoga and almost single-handedly brought the state of Vermont into the Union
While Ethan Allen, a canonical hero of the American Revolution, has always been defined by his daring 1775 predawn attack on British-controlled Fort Ticonderoga, biographer Willard Sterne Randall challenges our conventional understanding of this largely unexamined Founding Father, documenting that much of what we "know" of Allen is mere folklore. Widening the scope of his inquiry beyond the Revolutionary War, Randall traces Allen back to his modest origins in Connecticut, where he was born in 1738. Largely self-educated, Allen demonstrated his rebellious nature early on through his attraction to Deism, his dramatic defense of smallpox vaccinations, and his early support of separation of church and state. Chronicling Allen's progress to commander of the largest American paramilitary force on the eve of the Revolution, Randall unlocks a trove of new source material, particularly evident in his portrait of Allen as a British prisoner-of-war, and reveals not only a public-spirited leader but a self-interested individual, often no less rapacious than his archenemies, the New York land barons.--From publisher description

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