Edie, an American Biography Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What does Stein begin book her book, Edie: An American Biography by describing to the reader?

Stein begins her book, Edie: An American Biography, by describing Edie's family history. Stein goes back as far as Edie's first ancestor on record, Robert Sedgwick, the first Major General of the Massachusetts Bay colony.

2. Why is it important for the reader to know about Edie Sedgwick's family?

It is important for the reader to learn about Edie's family background as doing so allows the reader to gain an understanding of the mentality and the social standing of the Sedgwick family, the foundation of Edie's life.

3. Who is the first Sedgwick on record?

The first Sedgwick on record in America is Robert Sedgwick. Robert Sedgwick served as the first Major General of the Massachusetts Bay colony.

4. What does the author describe as Judge Theodore Sedgwick's accomplishments?

Judge Theodore Sedgwick is described as an accomplished individual who was intimately involved with the American Revolution, was the first to fight for the freedom of a black woman in court, and eventually rose to be become Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Massacusetts.

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