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Revolutionary Founders: Rebels, Radicals, and Reformers in the Making of the Nation

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In twenty-two original essays, leading historians reveal the radical impulses at the founding of the American Republic. Here is a fresh new reading of the American Revolution that gives voice and recognition to a generation of radical thinkers and doers whose revolutionary ideals outstripped those of the Founding Fathers.

While the Founding Fathers advocated a break from Br
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published April 19th 2011 by Knopf (first published January 1st 2011)
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Aug 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Turns out the New York Times has pretty good suggestions, or at least very well educated ones anyway. This book is the latest collaboration between many well known scholars in the Revolutionary America field. Gary Nash, one of the editors, is particularly well known for his study of the lesser known revolutionaries who contributed to winning independence and their subsequent determination to preserve the ideals of the war.

As a project, it's particularly impressive that they were able to get so m
Timothy Finucane
Aug 08, 2011 rated it really liked it

The American Revolution was so much more than the few founding fathers we hear about in school. At it's heart was a revolution that was driven by the common people. This book does an excellent job showing how ordinary individuals influenced the outcome of the revolution and defined what America eventually became. A few of the individuals discussed are probably well known to many people, but most will likely not be in their high school history books, or if they are, not in the light shed here. Th

Taylor Sappington
Jul 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Fantastic set of essays that show us the truly revolutionary elements of our revolution. Most of whom forgotten who shunned by the folks in the history books today.
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
A nice "chunkable" collection of 22 essays on issues of the formation of America beginning with reaction to the Stamp Act up to essentially the Jefferson Presidency. Each essay is a fairly short, stand alone piece making the book a great resource for teaching - pull out what you need and skip the rest. In keeping with the interests of Young, Nash, and Raphael, the collection pays particular attention to the undersung participants in the formation of the American Republic - workers, farmers, slav ...more
Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
This started out great and then rapidly got repetitious. Too many essays telling the same story with different people to keep up my interest. And then the essays themselves got repetitous with at least one that could have been cut by half. There are interesting themes and insights, but the novelty wore thin about halfway through and it was a struggle to the finish that I gave up on with six essays left to go. I may go back and finish them when the mood strikes.
Janet Biehl
Jun 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
New scholarship on the American revolutionary period, emphasizing the popular, working class movements and democratic institutions.
Robert Smith
Sep 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Very interesting, but the articles and the divergent stylistic differences create an uneven tone and pace at times. The substantive aspects are exceptional, however.
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