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by Jean Harvey Baker

Category: Historical
Subcategory: Memoris and Biographies
Author: Jean Harvey Baker
ISBN: 0393315983
ISBN13: 978-0393315981
Language: English
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; New Ed edition (June 17, 1997)
Pages: 592
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Jean Baker chronicles the history of the Stevenson family from its roots in Scotland to its transplantation in America. The Stevensons" is a sweeping story of the American experience, a story of a great American family.

Jean Baker chronicles the history of the Stevenson family from its roots in Scotland to its transplantation in America. Its members would become farmers, businesspeople, and politicians-the most famous being Adlai Stevenson, the perennial also-ran in several presidential elections. Jean Baker begins the story of the Stevenson saga with Adlai Stevenson II's 1948 campaign for governor in Illinois.

Jean Hogarth Harvey Baker (born February 9, 1933) is an American historian and professor emerita at Goucher College where she was the Bennett-Hartwood Professor of History. Baker was a National Endowment for the Humanities fellow in 1982. Jean Hogarth Harvey Baker was born in Baltimore, Maryland on February 9, 1933 to Rose Lindsay Hopkins and insurance agent F. Barton Harvey. from Goucher College in 1961 and her .

In Jean Baker's hands, the Stevenson story is an American saga. It is the story of Scotch Irish immigrants scratching out a farm existence first in Pennsylvania, then Virginia, Kentucky, and finally Illinois, where they rose to social and political prominence. In the ways they bore, raised, and educated their children, worshiped in their churches, married in their communities, built their houses, followed the paths of women and men, and moved from country to town to city over four generations, we see the ways of Americans over the life of this country.

Jean Baker chronicles the history of the Stevenson family from its roots in. .A Wonderful Saga of An American Family. com User, February 22, 1998.

A Biography of an American Family . Jean Harvey Baker (Author, Goucher College). Jean H. Baker tells the compelling story of four generations of an American family and its most celebrated member, the high-minded, eloquent, and perennial also-ran icon of liberal politics, Adlai Ewing Stevenson II (1900-1965). The Stevensons is also a book about the relationship of a family to its times: With Baker's characteristically deft blend of the public and private, set on a broad canvas, the Stevenson story becomes an American saga. Jean Harvey Baker is the author of many books on nineteenth-century American history.

Member of American History Association, Organization American Historians, Berkshire Conference Women Historians . The Stevensons: A Biography of an American Family By Baker, Jean H. ( Author ) Paperback 1997 )

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Home Baker, Jean H. The Stevensons: A Biography of an American Family. Jean Baker chronicles the history of the Stevenson family from its roots in Scotland to its transplantation in America. Although he is widely regarded as something of an intellectual saint (Dwight Eisenhower famously derided him as an "egghead"), in Baker's view Adlai Stevenson's career was less than spotless.

The Stevensons: A Biography of an American Family, Baker's 1996 chronicle of the Stevenson family, spans two centuries in relating the lineage of a clan who exemplified American liberalism in Illinois. The eldest, Adlai Stevenson, was Grover Cleveland's second vice president and Adlai Stevenson III was a senator. The lives of the Stevenson women mirror emerging societal patterns. Commendatory but unbiased in her tone, Baker focuses especially on the figure of Adlai Stevenson II.

"[A] sweeping narrative, beautifully written and scrupulously evenhanded, [that] does full justice to Stevenson and his people. . . . Ambitious, elegiac, and provocative."--Richard Norton Smith, Chicago Tribune, front page review

Jean H. Baker tells the compelling story of four generations of an American family and its most celebrated member, the high-minded, eloquent, and perennial also-ran icon of liberal politics, Adlai Ewing Stevenson II (1900-1965). The Stevensons is also a book about the relationship of a family to its times: With Baker's characteristically deft blend of the public and private, set on a broad canvas, the Stevenson story becomes an American saga. Baker's biography "affords [Stevenson's] life a depth, historical and personal, that few other writers have acknowledged" (Kirkus Reviews). Photographs
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Vikus
"The Stevensons" is a sweeping story of the American experience, a story of a great American family.
Jean Baker begins the story of the Stevenson saga with Adlai Stevenson II's 1948 campaign for governor in Illinois. As the popular governor is about to run for the presidency in 1952, the author takes readers back to governor's ancestors, following the family's migration to America - moving from Pennsylvania to the Carolinas, on to Kentucky and eventually to Bloomington, Illinois -- a sweeping and inspiring journey.
While the book's focus is Adlai Stevenson II, two time Democratic presidential candidate in 1952 and 1956, the family biography thoroughly recounts the life and political career of his famous grandfather, Adlai Stevenson I (1835-1914), a Democratic Party icon in 19th century Illinois politics.
Of special interest to those who remember Adlai Stevenson II's two campaigns for the presidency and his tenure as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, the book presents the complexities of the personality of probably the best known liberal of the post-World War II era.
The only missing link in the story is the period between 1956 and 1960.
Among all the tragic figures in this saga, Adlai Stevenson II, although flawed, shines with a luster that will be remembered as a liberal statesman head and shoulders above his contemporaries.
The author lists 35 interviews and has included 74 pages of bibliographic
Zainian
It is important to keep in mind that this is not a biography of Adlai, the most famous of Stevensons. Baker examines his family and his place within that family's development...as well as his place within the American political system. I grew up in Chicago in a family of Democrats who adored FDR and, later, Adlai Stevenson. (They really didn't know quite what to make of Truman nor, for that matter, did Truman know quite what to make of Stevenson.) I begn to follow Stevenson's career when he was governor of Illinois, delighted by his dry wit. Unlike Lincoln's, his career did not lead from Springfield to the White House. His manner was that of a patrician and his demeanor that of an intellectual. (Eisenhower once called him an "egghead.") On occasion, he seemed to lack an appetite for politics or at least for campaigning for public office. Thanks to Baker, I now have a much better understanding of his Scottish ancestry, of his youth, and of the formative years preceding his governship. Contrary to what the elders in my family firmly believed, Stevenson was no saint. For me, that makes him all-the-more interesting. Perhaps his finest moment in public life occurred when, as our ambassador to the U.N., he challenged the ambassador from the U.S.S.R. to admit that it had deployed missiles in Cuba. That took courage and eloquence which Stevenson possessed in abundance. So many fine books have been written about the Kennedys, the Rockefellers, and the Roosevelts. Another family, the Stevensons, has now received the attention it deserves.
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