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

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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 Britain and espoused ideals of republican government, none proposed significant changes to the fabric of colonial society. Yet during this “revolutionary” period some people did believe that “liberty” meant “liberty for all” and that “equality” should be applied to political, economic, and religious spheres. Here are the stories of individuals and groups who exemplified the radical ideals of the American Revolution more in keeping with our own values today. This volume helps us to understand the social conflicts unleashed by the struggle for independence, the Revolution’s achievements, and the unfinished agenda it left to future generations to confront.

About the Author

Alfred F. Young is professor emeritus of history at Northern Illinois University and was a senior research fellow at the Newberry Library in Chicago. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.

Gary B. Nash is professor of history emeritus and director of the National Center for History in the Schools at UCLA. He lives in Pacific Palisades, California.

Ray Raphael is the author of A People’s History of the American Revolution, Founding Myths, and several other books on the nation’s founding. He lives in northern California.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

 

Introduction

Alfred F. Young, Ray Raphael, and Gary B. Nash: “To Begin the World Over Again”

Part I: Revolutions

 

One

Alfred F. Young: Ebenezer Mackintosh: Boston’s Captain General of the Liberty Tree

 

Two

Ray Raphael: Blacksmith Timothy Bigelow and the Massachusetts Revolution of 1774

 

Three

T. H. Breen: Samuel Thompson’s War: The Career of an American Insurgent

 

Four

Gary B. Nash: Philadelphia’s Radical Caucus That Propelled Pennsylvania to Independence and Democracy

 

Five

Jill Lepore: A World of Paine

 

Six

David Waldstreicher: Phillis Wheatley: The Poet Who Challenged the American Revolutionaries

 

Part II:  Wars

 

Seven

Philip Mead: “Adventures, Dangers and Sufferings”: The Betrayals of Private Joseph Plumb Martin, Continental Soldier

 

Eight

Michael A. McDonnell: “The Spirit of Levelling”: James Cleveland, Edward Wright, and the Militiamen’s Struggle for Equality in Revolutionary Virginia

 

Nine

Cassandra Pybus: Mary Perth, Harry Washington, and Moses Wilkinson: Black Methodists Who Escaped from Slavery and Founded a Nation

 

Ten

Jon Butler: James Ireland, John Leland, John “Swearing Jack” Waller, and the Baptist Campaign for Religious Freedom in Revolutionary Virginia

 

Eleven

Colin G. Calloway: Declaring Independence and Rebuilding a Nation: Dragging Canoe and the Chickamauga Revolution

 

Twelve

James Kirby Martin: Forgotten Heroes of the Revolution: Han Yerry and Tyona Doxtader of the Oneida Indian Nation

 

Part III: The Promise of the Revolution

 

Thirteen

Gregory Nobles: “Satan, Smith, Shattuck, and Shays”: The People’s Leaders in the Massachusetts Regulation of 1786

 

Fourteen

Terry Bouton: William Findley, David Bradford, and the Pennsylvania Regulation of 1794

 

Fifteen

Wythe Holt: The New Jerusalem: Herman Husband’s Egalitarian Alternative to the United States Constitution

 

Sixteen

Woody Holton: The Battle Against Patriarchy That Abigail Adams Won

 

Seventeen

Sheila Skemp: America’s Mary Wollstonecraft: Judith Sargent Murray’s Case for the Equal Rights of Women

 

Eighteen

Richard S. Newman: Prince Hall, Richard Allen, and Daniel Coker: Revolutionary Black Founders, Revolutionary Black Communities

 

Nineteen

Melvin Patrick Ely: Richard and Judith Randolph, St. George Tucker, George Wythe, Syphax Brown, and Hercules White: Racial Equality and the Snares of Prejudice

 

Twenty

Seth Cotlar: “Every Man Should Have Property”: Robert Coram and the American Revolution’s Legacy of Economic Populism

 

Twenty-one

Jeffrey L. Pasley: Thomas Greenleaf: Printers and the Struggle for Democratic Politics and Freedom of the Press

 

Twenty-two

Alan Taylor: The Plough-Jogger: Jedediah Peck and the Democratic Revolution

 

Afterword

Eric Foner

 

 

Acknowledgments

Notes

List of Contributors

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307455994
Author:
Young, Alfred F
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Author:
Nash, Gary
Author:
Young, Alfred F.
Author:
Raphael, Ray
Subject:
United States / Revolutionary Period (1775-1800)
Subject:
US History-Revolution and Constitution Era
Subject:
History
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
20120431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
24 ILLUSTRATION; 1 MAP
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
7.98 x 5.09 x 0.9 in 0.94 lb

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