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Jacob's Well
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Joseph A. Amato follows his own poor, obscure, and truly "mongrel" family through seven generations, revealing their place in the key events of America's past. Using powerful family traditions to clarify his personal connection to the larger stories of our nation, Amato advocates for the power of the history closest at hand in building personal identity and resisting mass culture.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. p. A
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. iii-v
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. PREFACE Family History,A Way to Know Our Selves and Our Times
  2. pp. ix-xvi
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  1. Introduction Putting on the Coat of the Past
  2. pp. 3-14
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  1. 1 Rosalia, a Misery as Ancient as Sicily [Includes Image Plates]
  2. pp. 15-42
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  1. 2“Forty Acres, and All Mine” [Includes Image Plates]
  2. pp. 43-62
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  1. 3Banished from Acadia,Exiled in Plymouth Colony
  2. pp. 63-86
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  1. 4Up and Down the Hills of Maine,and Off to Wisconsin
  2. pp. 87-104
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  1. 5Migrants West
  2. pp. 105-125
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  1. 6A Memorable Death, a Common Lot [Includes Image Plates]
  2. pp. 126-146
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  1. 7Jacob,the Rise and Fall of a Plebian Patriarch [Includes Image Plates]
  2. pp. 147-175
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  1. 8Cousins of the Tongue [Includes Image Plates]
  2. pp. 176-199
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  1. 9Workers to the Bone,East Siders to the End [Includes Image Plates]
  2. pp. 200-240
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  1. conclusion The Reason For,and The Matter Of, Family History
  2. pp. 241-246
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  1. Appendix
  2. pp. 247-250
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  1. Source Notes
  2. pp. 251-280
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