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

ISBN-10: 0307455998

ISBN-13: 9780307455994

Edition: 2012

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Description: 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. As privileged and propertied white males, they did not seek a revolution in the modern sense; instead, they tried to maintain the underlying social structure and political system that enabled men of wealth to rule. They firmly opposed social equality and feared popular democracy as a form of “levelling.”Yet during this “revolutionary” period some peopledidbelieve 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 for future generations to confront.From the Hardcover edition.

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/17/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

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).

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 Straggle 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 die 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
The 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
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