Founders: The People Who Brought You a Nation

Founders: The People Who Brought You a Nation

by Ray Raphael
     
 

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ISBN-10: 159558417X

ISBN-13: 9781595584175

Pub. Date: 08/31/2010

Publisher: New Press, The


Historian Ray Raphael has chosen seven representative characters—some famous, some unknown—to anchor a sweeping new history of the entire Founding Era, from the beginnings of unrest in 1761 through the passage of the Bill of Rights thirty years later. Readers experience the Revolutionary War by following the lives of both George Washington and a private

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Historian Ray Raphael has chosen seven representative characters—some famous, some unknown—to anchor a sweeping new history of the entire Founding Era, from the beginnings of unrest in 1761 through the passage of the Bill of Rights thirty years later. Readers experience the Revolutionary War by following the lives of both George Washington and a private soldier in his army. America’s richest merchant, who rescued the nation from bankruptcy, goes head-to-head with a peripatetic revolutionary who incited rebellion in seven states. Rounding out the company is a richly nuanced cast of other characters, including Mercy Otis Warren, the most politically engaged woman of the times; a common village blacksmith; and a conservative slave owner, together with his abolitionist son. The culmination of Raphael’s extensive research into the history and meaning of our nation’s origins, Founders returns us to the dynamic roots of American patriotism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595584175
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
08/31/2010
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
608
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

List of Images vii

Introduction ix

Act I Resistance 1

1 Facing East and West 3

2 Liberty and Property-and No Stamps! 32

3 A Perfect Sense of Their Rights 51

4 A Violent Turn 76

5 Politics and Tea 102

Act II Revolution 125

6 The First American Revolution 127

7 Going Continental 154

8 Blows Must Decide 168

9 Rage Militaire 187

10 Liberty for All? 216

11 Independence 234

Act III War 261

12 Battle Lines 263

13 Home Rule-First Drafts 292

14 In Victory and Defeat 311

15 Falling Apart 336

16 Endgame 369

Act IV Nation 397

17 Settling Up 399

18 Desires and Discontents 419

19 New Rules 444

20 Lives and Legacies 493

Notes and Sources 519

Image Credits 573

Index 577

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