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Revolutionary Founders: Rebels, Radicals,…

Revolutionary Founders: Rebels, Radicals, and Reformers in the Making of…

by Alfred F. Young

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Substance: Anthology of articles by historians about lesser-know figures from the US revolutionary and Constitutional era. Highlights those who opposed the Federalists and fought for the rights of the less-wealthy colonial Americans, the native Americans, and the slaves. Gives less-familiar views of better-know figures such as Tom Paine, whose full views are usually slighted in the standard history books.

Style: Most of the essays are easy to read and generally contain enough contextual information for the non-expert. Don't know how much of the data & interpretation is "real" or "puffed"; most writers don't sound overtly revisionist (e.g., Marxist, etc.) , but all have obvious sympathies for their subjects rather than their opponents.

Includes: Ebenezer Mackintosh (Alfred F. Young); Timothy Bigelow (Ray Raphael); Samuel Thompson (T. H. Breen); Philadelphia Caucus (Gary B. Nash); Thomas Paine (Jill Lepore); Phillis Wheatley (David Waldstreicher); Private Joseph Plumb Martin (Philip Mead); James Cleveland, Edward Wright (Michael A. McDonnell); Mary Perth, Harry Washington, Moses Wilkinson, black Methodists (Cassandra Pybus); James Ireland, John Leland, John Waller, Baptists (Jon Butler); Draggng Canoe, Chickamauga (Colin G. Calloway); Han Yerry and Tyona Doxtader, Oneida Nation(James Kirby Marin); "Satan, Smith, Shattuck, and Shays" (Gregory Nobles); William Findley, David Bradford, Pennsylvania Regulation (Terry Bouton); Herman Husband, New Jerusalem (Wythe Holt); Abigail Adams (Woody Holton); Judith Sargent Murry, ERA (Sheila Skemp); Prince Hall, Richard Allen, Daniel Coker, Black communities (Richards S. Newman); Richard and Judith Randolph, St. George Tucker, George Wythe, Syphax Brown, Hercules White (Melvin Patrick Ely); Robert Coram, populism (Seth Cotlar); Thomas Greenleaf (Jeffrey L. Pasley); Jedediah Peck, "The Plough-Jogger" (Alan Taylor). ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307271102, Hardcover)

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 people did believe 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.

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Explores the founding fathers' more radical contemporaries, who advocated for true liberty for all at the United States' inception, including the abolition of slavery and equality despite race, class, or gender.

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