When they went to bed at night, what kinds of dreams did 18th- and 19th-century Americans have? What images, what fractured narratives, did they write down? Until now, no one imagined it possible to reconstruct the American Dream literally.
Burstein, the author of such books as Jefferson's Secrets and The
Passions of Andrew Jackson, peels back the curtain to take us inside the
minds of scores of earlier dreamers, including well-known figures such as
John and Abigail Adams, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau,
Louisa May Alcott, Mark Twain. . . and the notably superstitious Abraham Lincoln.
Here we glimpse the fragile inner world of
dreamers who once inhaled the same air we do, but live now only
on the printed page.
Andrew Burstein is the Charles P. Manship Professor of History at
Louisiana State University, and the author of books on early
American politics and culture.
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