Passion and Principle: John and Jessie Fremont the Couple Whose Power Politics and Love Shaped Nineteenth-Century America by Sally Denton (Paperback, 2009)
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- DescriptionJohn Charles FrA(c)mont was the illegitimate child of a Virginia aristocrat and a working-class French immigrant; Jessie Benton was the daughter of the most powerful pre-Civil War U.S. senator Thomas Hart Benton of Missouri and her gender twithstanding had been groomed as much as any young man to be president. Senator Benton unwittingly brought the two together never imagining that his daughter would fall in love with FrA(c)mont. Despite their disparate backgrounds however John and Jessiea's marriage was one of the most storied events of the nineteenth century.
And indeed Jessie and John made a formidable couple. Both together and apart they contributed significantly to shaping the United States. He was a key figure in western expansion and the first presidential candidate for the Republican Party. She was a savvy political operator who played confidante and adviser to the highest political powers in the country. Despite their great efforts on behalf of their country however their reputations did t survive a Washington smear campaign led by ne other than Jessiea's father.
Written with an investigative journalista's eye for detail and a velista's flair this biography of explorer politician and gold-mine owner John C. FrA(c)mont and his intellectual wife Jessie Benton FrA(c)mont also casts light on the tumultuous period that forms the backdrop for their lives from the abolition of slavery to the building of the railroad.
- Author BiographySally Denton is the author of Faith and Betrayal: A Pioneer Womana's Passage in the American West and American Massacre: The Tragedy at Mountain Meadows September 1857. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and her award-winning investigative reporting has appeared in the New York Times the Washington Post and American Heritage.
- Author(s)Sally Denton
- PublisherUniversity of Nebraska Press
- Date of Publication30/05/2009
- SubjectBiography: Historical, Political & Military
- Place of PublicationLincoln
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Nebraska Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight658 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine25 mm
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