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

ISBN-10: 014303720X

ISBN-13: 9780143037200

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Authors: Gary B. Nash

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In the rows of august marble busts that commemorate the American Revolution, we have lost sight of the true radical spirit of the longest and most disruptive upheaval in our history, argues distinguished American historian Gary B. Nash. 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. Millennialist preachers and enslaved Africans, frontier mystics and dock-side tars, disgruntled women and aggrieved Indians--all had their own fierce vision of what an independent America could and should be. According to Nash, the American Revolution was truly a people's revolution, a civil war at home as well as an armed insurrection against colonial control. In this ideal companion volume to Howard Zinn's classic "A People's History of the United States, Nash re-creates the heady and often-violent excitement that convulsed American lives during the last three decades of the eighteenth century and presents a bold new look at the struggle to create a new country.
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List price: $18.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/30/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.034

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
Roots of Radicalism
Jailbreaks at Newark
Christ's Poor
Little Carpenter's Dilemma
"The Mobbish Turn" in Boston
"Cum Multis Aegis" in Philadelphia
"Fondness for Freedom"
Heralds of Abolition
Years of Insurgence, 1761-1766
The Crowd Finds Its Own Mind
Restive Slaves
Stricken Conscience
The Indian Great Awakening
Insurgent Farmers
Building Momentum, 1766-1774
"The Rising Spirit of the People"
Backcountry Crises
"The Natural Rights of Africans"
Indian Hating on the Middle Ground
Out of the Shadows
Radical Religion
Reaching the Climax, 1774-1776
Abolitionism Under War Clouds
"Liberty to Slaves"
Logan's Lament
Plowmen and Leather Aprons
Breaking the Logjam
The Genie Unbottled
The Dual Revolution, 1776-1778
Unalienable Rights for Whom?
The Myth of the Minuteman
Fighting to Be Free
Rioting to Eat
Radical Loyalism
Choosing Sides
Writing on the Clean Slate, 1776-1780
First Attempts
A Militiaman's Constitution
The Frightened Response
Vermont and Maryland
E Pluribus Unum?
Betrayal in Massachusetts
Radicalism at Floodtide, 1778-1781
Blood in the Streets
New Choices for African Americans
Defending Virginia
Native American Agonies
Radical Mutineers
Taming the Revolution, 1780-1785
"Band of Brotherhood"
Peace Without Peace
Southern Fissures
Northern Struggles for Equity
Leaving America
Finding Freedom
Women of the Republic
Epilogue: Sparks from the Altar of '76
The Dream Deferred
The Last Best Chance
The Indispensable Enemy
The Veterans' Cheat
Small-Producer Persistence
Passing the Torch
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