Summary Of Sam Patch The Famous Jumper

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Sam Patch the Famous Jumper written by Paul E. Johnson, who is a professor at University of South Carolina. Sam Patch was an ordinary factory worker who became not the hero the common man needed, but the one they deserved and brought forth many impacts towards the people of America during the Jacksonian Era. The novel focus on the idea of a common citizen escaping the fixed social expectations that society has set forth and earning the rank of a beloved celebrity amongst America.
Sam Patch was born in 1800 and was brought to this world in poverty with no land in Rhode Island. As he was growing up, he worked at a factory mill as a talented mule spinner. Later on as he got older, he begins jumping off of waterfalls, which brought many people’s …show more content…

The way Johnson used his resources linked closely to each other in terms of fame. The resources he chose help compare Andrew Jackson, and how the heroes of the common citizens have affected the history of the United States. Patch’s courageous mindset inspired the common man to make a name for themselves as well, leading to new inventions and industrialization for the common man now has courage to not let their dreams be just dreams. Sam Patch’s social upbringing even inspired the common lower class citizens to modernize themselves for they “learned good manners, the developed the rudiments of taste, and they brought a lot of nice furniture” teaching them to exceed society’s expectations (Johnson, 2003, pg. …show more content…

Johnson gives a story in American character and social circumstances in the Jacksonian Era. He passes on the popularity of Sam Patch and how he went from functioning the industrial facility to being welcome to the official naming of Andrew Jackson's horse and furthermore made an alternate point of view on the American culture for Sam's story was the American dream embodied. Johnson demonstrated his contention over Sam Patch wonderfully and discloses Patch's zero to hero story impeccably. The life of the basic man in the Jacksonian Era was controlled by "legacy, settled social statuses, and appointed life courses" yet Patch got through these expectations and standards and enlivened the idea that even a mule spinner can turn into a big name (Johnson, 2003, Pg. 163). Patch, conceived a typical man who was not anticipated to achieve greatness further proved that everyone is unique and can find a name for themselves by taking note of that the world saw "art" in the way that Timothy Crane and saw it as a "vehicle of self-expression" and the normal man has their own specific manner of expressing themselves and has affected America because of the first mentalities and viewpoints of the nation (Johnson, 2003, Pg.

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