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The First American Revolution: Before Lexington and Concord

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Publisher Comments:

According to the traditional telling, the American Revolution began with "the shot heard round the world." Now in paperback, Ray Raphael's The First American Revolution uses the wide-angle lens of a people's historian to tell a surprising new story of America?s revolutionary struggle.

In the years before the battle of Lexington and Concord, local people — men and women of common means but of uncommon courage — overturned British authority and declared themselves free from colonial oppression, with acts of rebellion that long predated the Boston Tea Party. In rural towns such as Worcester, Massachusetts, democracy set down roots well before the Boston patriots made their moves in the fight for independence. Richly documented, The First American Revolution recaptures in vivid detail the grassroots activism that drove events in the years leading up to the break from Britain.

Review:

"The best single-volume history of the Revolution I have read." Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States

Review:

"Raphael makes a compelling case that these early events were critical to the success of the war that followed and should no longer escape our notice." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"An exciting distillation of the discoveries of a generation of scholars about ordinary people in the American Revolution. A very readable, thought-provoking book." Alfred Young, author of The Shoemaker and the Tea Party: Memory and the American Revolution

Review:

"A cracking good read....Ray Raphael writes about the American Revolution as if he had been in the thick of it." Roy Porter, author of Enlightenment: Britain and the Making of the Modern World and London: A Social History

About the Author

Ray Raphael is the author of numerous books, including A People's History of the American Revolution; An Everyday History of Somewhere; Men From the Boys; and Tree Talk. He lives in northern California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781565848153
Subtitle:
Before Lexington and Concord
Publisher:
New Press, The
Author:
Raphael, Ray
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
United States - Revolutionary War
Subject:
Revolutionaries
Subject:
United States / Revolutionary Period (1775-1800)
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20030501
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
273
Dimensions:
8.2 x 5.5 in 12.5 oz

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » US History » General
History and Social Science » US History » Revolution and Constitution Era

The First American Revolution: Before Lexington and Concord
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Product details 273 pages New Press - English 9781565848153 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The best single-volume history of the Revolution I have read."
"Review" by , "Raphael makes a compelling case that these early events were critical to the success of the war that followed and should no longer escape our notice."
"Review" by , "An exciting distillation of the discoveries of a generation of scholars about ordinary people in the American Revolution. A very readable, thought-provoking book."
"Review" by , "A cracking good read....Ray Raphael writes about the American Revolution as if he had been in the thick of it." Roy Porter, author of Enlightenment: Britain and the Making of the Modern World and London: A Social History
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