In the late 1700’s and early 1800’s the United States was in a transformation from the Jeffersonian vision of an agricultural nation, into Alexander Hamilton’s vision of an industrial America. The book Sam Patch, the Famous Jumper gives a good idea of what America was like during the Early Republic period. The industrial life would turn America into a country that is dependent on the work of manufactories. Sam Patch came from a long family history of farming and shoemaking. His father Mayo Greenleaf Patch, married into a wealthy family after his family’s name went under with their bankruptcy. The marriage would allow him to possess resources his family had lost such as land, housing, workshop, etc. Greenleaf Patch was loaned the money to open a shoemakers shop so he could continue his family’s business. According to Sam Patch, his father Greenleaf Patch had the attributes of an adult manhood, that being he was the head of his household and taking part in neighborhood affairs. Eventually Greenleaf Patch’s debts would catch up with him and force him to move his family and leave his business, to try to pursue a better life in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, a labor market town. Pawtucket was a town where women and children supported men or lived without them, and where women reconstructed lives that had been damaged in the failure of their men. Abigail Patch, Greenleaf’s wife, is an example of one of these hard working women. After moving to Pawtucket, Greenleaf Patch became an abusive husband and a drunk that stole the money his wife and children earned while working in the mill factories. Abigail would soon divorce Greenleaf and continue working in the mills to support her five children. Sam Patch, one of Abigail and Greenleaf’s sons, went to work at Samuel Slater’s Mill at the age of seven or eight. It was not an uncommon occurrence at this time to have children this young working in factories. Small children were good for Mill factories because they
April 22, 2010
“Sam Patch’s Leap into the Great Divide”
“Some things can be done as well as others”, the famous line of Sam Patch became a well-known saying amongst U.S. citizens especially Jeffersonian and Jacksonian democrats (Johnson, 163). Sam Patch was many things in his lifetime from a famous falls jumper to a destitute mill worker to also the first American-born boss spinner. He however was viewed different amongst social groups in America. The common….
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
"Sam Patch, the Famous Jumper," by Paul E. Johnson shows the many different attitudes toward Sam Patch. It displays certain attitudes toward Sam Patch and his jumps. Some people are amazed by his jumps and think the world of him; others poke fun at him and use every mishap by Sam to derail him from his practices. Sam Patch didn't seem to pay much attention to these hateful comments. Sam Patch became a celebrity in America through his many successful….
The history behind Sam Patch is nothing out of the ordinary; he grew up in a mostly small mill town in Rhode Island where he was caught in a cycle of families working in the mills when they got older. He was destined for a poverty stricken mill workers life. Sam and his friends enjoy being daredevils though and would jump off bridges in their hometown for fun. That’s where Sam discovered his way out. He started his career of jumping off things by jumping off a bridge in Paterson, New Jersey in protest….
In the book, Escaping Salem by Richard Godbeer, many strange events happen in
Stamford, Connecticut that cannot be explained. A seventeen year old maidservant named
Katherine Branch has several ﬁts that she claims to be the result of witchcraft. Many neighbors
that have witnessed these ﬁts think otherwise. Witches in the seventeenth century were mostly
thought to be women, and Katherine says that these women are indeed witches. Escaping Salem
contains a lot of information about seventeenth century….
Reading Guide to Sam Patch
Sam Patch, a drunken working-class spinner in American history, was the person who famous for leaping from waterfalls in late 1820s. In the early 1800, industrialization had a major impact on American study. It was a time of growth and expansion, and many new ideas were brought into the nation. All these changed not only had positive side, which was helpful to America’s economy, but also had negative side, which brought life difficulties to most of family. Patch family was….
Through my life there have been numerous experiences where I learned something wonderful that I didn’t know before. More than 90% of these experiences, I realized, have taken place with the people I spend the most time with, my family. From working on the farm with my dad to baking supper and folding laundry with my mother, I learned so many things that I’ll never forget. But like every situation, there is always one memory that sticks out like a cat in a room full of dogs….
To: Gary Colbert
From: Rachel Schmieding
Re: Cliff Jumper
Date: January 31, 2011
There are many aspects that Cliff Jumper needs to consider when deciding whether or not to accept Hi-Valu's proposition about making a low priced bike. Not only has the demand for bicycles flattened, but also Cliff Jumper's sales volume. Hi-Valu is proposing that Cliff jumper should make a low priced bike for their chain retail stores. Cliff Jumper believes that they are a high quality bike, and the making….
I. Problems and Setting
Batteries, years ago, have taken the world by a storm and have since than became a necessity in one’s household. Sadly, even though they are tremendously useful, batteries have drawbacks, such as semi- affordable costs, limited shelf life and pollution. I had an idea on how to make an alternative to this that would not only work like the real thing but would also be healthy to our environment and light in my pockets….
There are many drastic differences between the extremely respectable communication of the magnanimous Patch Adams and the almost cataclysmic communication of the normal doctoral staff of the respected medical school, the mental hospital, and the regular hospital that the medical students were trained at. These two different ways of communicating were considerably different in their intentions, their every day morals and values, and even their exceptionally diverse ways of treating patients….
a person, I guarantee, you’ll win no matter what the outcome is.” – Patch
To some people, life is hard, cruel and merciless. These people see life as punishment throughout their entire lives. They therefore resigned themselves to fate, believing all is finished. They lost every sense of direction and most times, some of them go as far as committing suicide, just to escape the injustice life has meted out to them. Hunter “Patch” Adams isn’t one to escape this dilemma. Having been institutionalized….