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The Unknown American Revolution: The Unruly Birth of Democracy and the Struggle to Create America

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In this audacious recasting of the American Revolution, distinguished historian Gary Nash offers a profound new way of thinking about the struggle to create this country, introducing readers to a coalition of patriots from all classes and races of American society. From millennialist preachers to enslaved Africans, disgruntled women to aggrieved Indians, the people so vividly portrayed in this book did not all agree or succeed, but during the exhilarating and messy years of this country's birth, they laid down ideas that have become part of our inheritance and ideals toward which we still strive today.

Synopsis:

In this brilliant reexamination of the swirl of ideology, grievance, outrage, and hope that animated the revolutionary decades, Nash demonstrates that though the Founding Fathers led the charge, the energy to raise a revolt emerged from all classes and races of American society.

About the Author

Gary B. Nash is professor of history at UCLA and director of the National Center for History in the Schools. He is the former president of the Organization of American Historians, co-chair of the National History Standards Project, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations   XIII

Introduction   XV

1. Roots of Radicalism

Jailbreaks at Newark   2

Christ's Poor   8

Little Carpenter's Dilemma   12

"The Mobbish Turn" in Boston   18

"Cum Multis Aegis" in Philadelphia   25

"Fondness for Freedom"   32

Heralds of Abolition   39

2. Years of Insurgence, 1761-1766

The Crowd Finds Its Own Mind   45

Restive Slaves   59

Stricken Conscience   62

The Great Indian Awakening   66

Insurgent Farmers   72

3. Building Momentum, 1766-1774

"The Rising Spirit of the People"   91

Backcountry Crises   103

"The Natural Rights of Africans"   114

Indian Hating on the Middle Ground   128

Out of the Shadows   133

Radical Religion   146

4. Reaching the Climax, 1776-1778

Abolitionism Under War Clouds   151

"Liberty to Slaves"   157

Logan's Lament   166

Plowmen and Leather Aprons   178

Breaking the Logjam   189

The Genie Unbottled   199

5. The Dual Revolution, 1776-1780

Unalienable Rights for Whom?   210

The Myth of the Minuteman   216

Fighting to Be Free   223

Rioting to Eat   232

Radical Loyalism   238

Choosing Sides   247

6. Writing on the Clean Slate, 1776-1780

First Attempts   266

A Militiaman's Constitution   268

The Frightened Response   277

Vermont and Maryland   280

E Pluribus Unum?   288

Betrayal in Massachussetts   290

7. Radicalism at Floodtide, 1778-1781

Blood in the Streets   307

New Choices for African Americans   320

Defending Virginia   339

Native American Agonies   345

Radical Mutineers   357

8. Taming the Revolution, 1780-1785

"Band of Brotherhood"   369

Peace Without Peace   376

Southern Fissures   387

Northern Struggles for Equity   395

Leaving America   402

Finding Freedom   407

Women of the Republic   417

Epilogue: Sparks from the Altar of '76

The Dream Deferred   426

The Last Best Chance   429

The Indispensible Enemy   435

The Veterans' Cheat   441

Small-Producer Persistence   443

Passing the Torch   450

Acknowledgements   457

Notes   459

Index   495

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143037200
Author:
Nash, Gary B.
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
United States - Revolutionary War
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Democracy
Subject:
United States / Revolutionary Period (1775-1800)
Subject:
US History-Revolution and Constitution Era
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
20060531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w illustrations throughout
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
8.40x5.52x1.13 in. 1.05 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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