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978-1-56584-730-9 / 9781565847309

The First American Revolution: Before Lexington and Concord

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Publisher:New Press, The

Edition:Hardcover

Language:English

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A bold new interpretation of our nation's founding moment, by the author of A People's History of the American Revolution. Using the wide-angle lens of a people's historian, Ray Raphael's The First American Revolution tells a surprising new story of America's revolutionary struggle. In the years before the Battle of Lexington and Concord, local people took control over their own destinies, overturning British authority and declaring themselves free from colonial oppression, with acts of rebellion that long predated the Boston Tea Party. In rural towns such as Worcester, Massachusetts, local democracy set down roots well before the Boston patriots made their moves in the fight for independence. Until now, few of these true founding fathers have made it into the historical record. Much more than a simple debunking of national myths, The First American Revolution takes a major new look at the history of revolutionary ferment in the eighteenth-century American colonies. Richly documented, The First American Revolution recaptures in vivid detail the grass-roots activism that propelled the colonies toward a break with Britain.

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