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American Aristocrats: A Family, a Fortune, and the Making of American Capitalism
April 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The presentation will be held at the headquarters for the Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, located at 2118 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. The talk will last about 45 minutes, followed by a book signing and refreshments. Books will be available for purchase at the event.
Author’s Talk—American Aristocrats: A Family, a Fortune, and the Making of American Capitalism
Harry S. Stout, professor of American religious studies at Yale University, discusses and signs copies of his multi-generational biography on the Andersons of Kentucky, a family of strivers who passionately believed in the promise of America. Beginning in 1773 with the family patriarch, a twice-wounded Revolutionary War hero, the Andersons amassed land throughout what was then the American west. As the eminent religious historian Harry S. Stout argues, the story of the Andersons is the story of America’s experiment in republican capitalism. Congressmen, diplomats, and military generals, the Andersons enthusiastically embraced the emerging American gospel of land speculation. In the process, they became apologists for slavery and Indian removal, and worried anxiously that the volatility of the market might lead them to ruin.