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Author Martin, James Kirby, 1943-

Title Benedict Arnold, revolutionary hero : an American warrior reconsidered / James Kirby Martin.

Imprint New York : New York University Press, 1997.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Kansas Collection J Schick  973.382 Ar64Bm 1997    ---  Lib Use Only
Description xvii, 535 pages, [24] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 433-526) and index.
Contents Prologue : treason! treason! treason! black as hell -- A childhood of legends -- A person to be reckoned with in New Haven -- Irrepressible acts of martial resistance -- The provincial politics of rebellion -- Into the howling Maine wilderness -- Hannibalian breakthrough to Quebec -- Liberty or death at the walls of Quebec -- A winter's worth of making brick without straw -- Reduced to a great rabble -- Malevolent spirits in the summer of 1776 -- A most tenacious naval commander -- The valiant defense of Lake Champlain -- Fundamental matters of military rank and personal honor -- The humiliating part of a faithful soldier -- An unsettled return to the northern theater -- The Battles of Saratoga -- A violated right not fully restored -- Epilogue : the current coinage of ingratitude.
Summary Bendict Arnold stands on one of the most vilified figures in American history. Stories of his treason have so come to define him that his name, like that of Judas, is virtually synonymous with treason. Yet Arnold was one of the most heroic and remarkable individuals of his time, indeed in all of American history. A brilliant military leader of un-common bravery, Arnold poured his all into the Revolutionary cause, sacrificing his family life, health, and financial well-being for a conflict that left him physically crippled, sullied by false accusations, and profoundly alienated from the American cause of liberty. Distinguished historian James Kirby Martin's landmark biography, the result of a decade's labor, stands as an invaluable antidote to this historical distortion. Careful not to endow the Revolutionary generation with mythical proportions of virtue, Martin shows how self-serving, venal behavior was just as common in the Revolutionary era as in our own time. Arnold, a deeply committed patriot, suffered acutely because of his lack of political savvy in dealing with those who attacked his honor and reputation. Tracing Arnold's life from his difficult childhood through his grueling winter trek across the howling Maine wilderness, his valiant defense of Lake Champlain, and his crucial role in the Quebec and Saratoga campaigns, Martin has given us a whole new perspective on this dramatic and exceptional figure, set against the tumultuous background of the American Revolution.
Subject Arnold, Benedict, 1741-1801.
United States. Continental Army -- Biography.
Arnold, Benedict, 1741-1801. (OCoLC)fst00035752
United States. Continental Army. (OCoLC)fst00531979
American Revolution (1775-1783) (OCoLC)fst01351668
Arnold, Benedict, 1741-1801.
United States. Continental Army -- Biography.
Arnold, Benedict, 1741-1801.
United States Continental Army -- Biography.
Arnold, Benedict, 1741-1801.
American loyalists -- Biography.
Generals -- United States -- Biography.
United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783.
American loyalists. (OCoLC)fst00807279
Generals. (OCoLC)fst00939841
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Biografie (DE-588)4006804-3
American Loyalists -- Biography.
Generals -- Biography.
United States -- History -- 1775-1783, Revolution.
Genre/Form Biography. (OCoLC)fst01423686
ISBN 0814755607 (acid-free paper)
9780814755600 (acid-free paper)

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