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

ISBN-10: 0307271102
ISBN-13: 9780307271105
Edition: 2011
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List price: $32.50
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/19/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 464
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.738

In twenty-two original essays, leading historians trace the course of the radical impulses at the founding of the American Republic. Neither Washington, Jefferson, nor Madison were "revolutionary" in any modern sense of the word: while they cast off imperial dependence, they left unchallenged the underpinnings of most societal structures, as well as slavery, and accepted other class, gender, and racial inequalities. Some of their contemporaries, however, resisted the concentration of power in the hands of the few and believed that "liberty" meant liberty for all. It is these thinkersrs" lives, ideas, and accomplishments that are explored here by, among others, Jill Lepore, Alan Taylor, Woody Holton, and Melvin Patrick Ely. Here is a volume that provides us with a fresh reading of the American Revolution, giving voice and recognition to a generation of overlooked radical thinkers and doers, whose revolutionary ideals outstripped those of the Founding Fathers. It is an essential addition to our understanding of the social conflicts unleashed by the struggle for independence, the Revolutionrs"s achievements, and the unfinished agenda it left for future generations to confront.

Alfred F. Young is Alfred Young is Emeritus Professor of History, Northern Illinois University. His numerous books include The Shoemaker and the Tea Party: Memory and the American Revolution and Liberty Tree: Ordinary People and the American Revolution (NYU Press).

Gary B. Nash received his B. A. from Princeton University in 1955 and his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1964. He earned the position of Director of the National Center for History in the Schools at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he taught colonial and revolutionary American history since 1974. Nash has received research grants from the University of California Institute of Humanities and American Philosophical Society and fellowships from the Guggenheim Memorial and American Council of Learned Society. He won the University of California Distinguished Emeriti Award and the Defense of Academic Freedom Award, from the National Council for Social Studies. Nash is the Founding Member and has been on the Board of Trustees of the National Council for History Education since 1990 and was Vice-Chair in 1992. He was also President of the Organization of American Historians, from 1994-95. Among the books Nash has authored are Quakers and Politics: Pennsylvania, 1681-1726; Red, White and Black: The Peoples of Early America; The Urban Crucible: Social Change, Political Consciousness, and the Origins of the American Revolution; Forging Freedom: The Black Urban Experience in Philadelphia, 1720-1840; and The Forgotten Fifth: African Americans in the Age of Revolution.

List of Illustrations
Introduction �To Begin the World Over Again�
Revolutions
Ebenezer Mackintosh: Boston's Captain General of the Liberty Tree
Blacksmith Timothy Bigelow and the Massachusetts Revolution of 1774
Samuel Thompson's War: The Career of an American Insurgent
Philadelphia's Radical Caucus That Propelled Pennsylvania to Independence and Democracy
A World of Paine
Phillis Wheatley: The Poet Who Challenged the American Revolutionaries
Wars
�Adventures, Dangers and Sufferings�: The Betrayals of Private Joseph Plumb Martin, Continental Soldier
�The Spirit of Levelling�: James Cleveland, Edward Wright, and the Militiamen's Struggle for Equality in Revolutionary Virginia
Mary Perth, Harry Washington, and Moses Wilkinson: Black Methodists Who Escaped from Slavery and Founded a Nation
James Ireland, John Leland, John �Swearing Jack� Waller, and the Baptist Campaign for Religious Freedom in Revolutionary Virginia
Declaring Independence and Rebuilding a Nation: Dragging Canoe and the Chickamauga Revolution
Forgotten Heroes of the Revolution: Han Yerry and Tyona Doxtader of the Oneida Indian Nation
The Promise of the Revolution
�Satan, Smith, Shattuck, and Shays�: The People's Leaders in the Massachusetts Regulation of 1786
William Findley, David Bradford, and the Pennsylvania Regulation of 1794
The New Jerusalem: Herman Husband's Egalitarian Alternative to the United States Constitution
Battle Against Patriarchy That Abigail Adams Won
America's Mary Wollstonecraft: Judith Sargent Murray's Case for the Equal Rights of Women
Prince Hall, Richard Allen, and Daniel Coker: Revolutionary Black Founders, Revolutionary Black Communities
Richard and Judith Randolph, St. George Tucker, George Wythe, Syphax Brown, and Hercules White: Racial Equality and the Snares of Prejudice
�Every Man Should Have Property�: Robert Coram and the American Revolution's Legacy of Economic Populism
Thomas Greenleaf: Printers and the Struggle for Democratic Politics and Freedom of the Press
The Plough-Jogger: Jedediah Peck and the Democratic Revolution
Afterword
Acknowledgments
Notes
List of Contributors
Index

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