William Cooper’s Town: “Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic”.
This innovative work of biography, social history, and literary analysis is a study of two men, father (William Cooper) and son (James Fenimore Cooper), who embodied the contradictions that divided America in the early days of the Republic. William Cooper rose from humble origins to become a wealthy land speculator who founded the Village of Cooperstown, NY. His son James Fenimore Cooper became one of this country’s first popular novelists.
Written by: Alan Taylor
Softcover, 549 pages, illustrated
Publication date: 1995
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Bancroft Prize in American History, and the Best Annual Article Prize in New York History.