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Building AmericaThe Life of Benjamin Henry Latrobe$
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Jean H. Baker

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190696450

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190696450.001.0001

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Beloved Mary and the Little Folks

Beloved Mary and the Little Folks

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Building America

Jean H. Baker

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Chapter 4 covers Latrobe’s home life with his wife and five children; for Latrobe, children removed “the mortification of selflove” and provided solace and recreation from a turbulent professional world. The chapter also explores his interest and ideas about education including that of his own children. He thought that a newly ordered political society without a king or established hierarchy demanded a curriculum with emphasis placed on practical studies in the areas of mathematics, physics, writing, science, and even modern languages. Such schooling should prepare students for the financial arrangements of professions, as he believed his Moravian education had not. Additionally, the chapter discusses his daughter Lydia’s marriage, his chronic “hemicranias,” his growing debt, and his son Henry’s placage arrangement in New Orleans with a mixed-race woman.

Keywords:   relationship with his wife Mary, and children John, Ben and Julia, Nicholas Roosevelt, ideas about education, St. Mary’s Seminary, hemicranias, yellow fever, Lydia Latrobe’s marriage, Henry Latrobe in New Orleans

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