Founders: The People Who Brought You a Nation

Founders: The People Who Brought You a Nation

by Ray Raphael




Washington, Franklin, Jefferson, Hamilton, Adams, and Madison—together they are best known as an intimate cadre of daring, brilliant men credited with our nation's founding. But does this group tell the whole story? In his widely praised new history of the roots of American patriotism, celebrated author Ray Raphael expands the historical canvas to reveal an entire generation of patriots who pushed for independence, fought a war, and set the United States on its course—giving us "an evangelizing introduction to the American Revolution" (Booklist).

Called "entertaining yet informative" by Library Journal, Founders brings to life seven historical figures whose stories anchor a sweeping yet intimate history of the Founding Era, from the beginnings of unrest in 1761 through the passage of the Bill of Rights thirty years later. Here we follow the intertwined lives of 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 that includes a common village blacksmith, a conservative enslaver with an abolitionist son, and Mercy Otis Warren, the most politically engaged woman of the time.

A master narrative with unprecedented historical scope, Founders will forever change our image of this most crucial moment in America's past.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595583277
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 04/28/2009
Pages: 640
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.90(d)

About the Author

Ray Raphael has taught at a one-room public high school, Humboldt State University, and College of the Redwoods. His twelve books include Founding Myths, A People's History of the American Revolution, and The First American Revolution.

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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