Mavericks, Mystics, and Misfits: Americans Against the Grain

Mavericks, Mystics, and Misfits: Americans Against the Grain

by Arthur Hoyle


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Mavericks, Mystics, and Misfits: Americans Against the Grain takes the reader on a journey across American history, from the colonial period to the present, through the life stories of exceptional men and women who have responded in unconventional ways to the challenges and circumstances of their time and place. The journey begins in Puritan New England, where the country’s roots were planted. It then visits America’s war of independence, before following the path of westward migration. It explores the struggle over slavery and the impact of the industrial revolution on the quality of American life. Chapters on the twentieth century take up the issues of war, alienation, and social inequity that haunt the American dream. The journey ends as we wrestle with the challenge of climate change and its implications for our economic system and agriculture.

The cast of characters reflects the diversity of the people who make up the American melting pot¾Northern Europeans, Hispanics, African-Americans, Asians, and Native Americans. Although these individuals represent widely varying cultural traditions and beliefs, they share a commitment to upholding the promise of liberty, equality, and opportunity that the New World held out to the Old. Their life stories, though often at variance with the direction of the mainstream society around them, exhibit certain enduring qualities of the American character¾courage, experimentation, creativity, independence, compassion¾qualities that make them exemplars.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620062418
Publisher: Sunbury Press, Inc.
Publication date: 03/24/2020
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Arthur Hoyle is a writer, educator, and independent filmmaker. His documentary films have won numerous awards and have aired on PBS, and he received a media grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Before becoming an author, he produced corporate communications materials in print and video for a broad array of clients. He received Bachelors and Masters Degrees in English from the University of California, Los Angeles, and taught English, coached tennis, and served as an administrator in independent schools. He currently volunteers as a naturalist in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, leading interpretive walks on Chumash Indian culture. His biography of Henry Miller, The Unknown Henry Miller: A Seeker in Big Sur, was published in March 2014 by Skyhorse/Arcade. He has also published essays in Huffington Post, Empty Mirror, Across the Margin, Counterpunch, and AIOTB: As It Ought To Be. He lives in Pacific Palisades, California.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 Roger Williams: The First American (December 21, 1603–1683)
  • Chapter 2 Anne Bradstreet: The First American Poet (March 20, 1612 – September 16, 1672)
  • Chapter 3 Thomas Paine: The Voice of Revolution (February 9, 1737 – June 8, 1809)
  • Chapter 4 Josiah Gregg: A Wanderer on the Prairie (July 19, 1806 – February 25, 1850)
  • Chapter 5 William and Ellen Craft: Runaways To Freedom (W: September 25, 1824 – January 29, 1900) (E: 1826–1897)
  • Chapter 6 Thorstein Veblen: An Adam Longing for Eden (July 30, 1857 – August 3, 1929)
  • Chapter 7 Thomas Merton: The Restless Hermit (January 31, 1915 – December 10, 1968)
  • Chapter 8 Brummett Echohawk: Plains Warrior (March 22, 1922 – February 13, 2006)
  • Chapter 9 Judith Baca: Chicana Muralist (September 20, 1946– )
  • Chapter 10 Warren Brush and Cynthia Harvan-Brush: Revolution from the Ground Up (W: 1965– ; C: 1969– )
  • Sources
  • Index
  • About the Author

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