The Radicalism of the American Revolution

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Vintage Books, 1991 - History - 447 pages
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In a grand and immemsely readable synthesis of historical, political, cultural, and economic analysis, a prize-winning historian depicts much more than a break with England. He gives readers a revolution that transformed an almost feudal society into a democratic one, whose emerging realities sometimes baffled and disappointed its founding fathers.

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User Review  - Jarratt - LibraryThing

I know this is a well-reviewed book, but its academic prose and subject matter weren't to my taste. The writing was good and the subject well researched. But I've found that the more academic the book ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jeffrey_Hatcher - LibraryThing

Refreshing perspective on the Revolution both in contemporary and modern context. A must have for persons interested in both 18th Century history in general and American history specifically. Read full review

Contents

Hierarchy
11
Patricians and Plebeians
24
Patriarchal Dependence
43
Copyright

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About the author (1991)

History professor and award-winning author Gordon S. Wood was born in Concord, Massachusetts on November 27, 1933. After graduating in 1955 from Tufts University he served in the US Air Force in Japan and earned his master's degree from Harvard University. In 1964, Wood earned his Ph. D. in history from Harvard, and he taught there, as well as at the College of William and Mary and the University of Michigan, before joining the Brown University faculty in 1969. Wood has published a number of articles and books, including The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787, which won the Bancroft Prize and the John H. Dunning Prize in 1970, and The Radicalism of the American Revolution, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History and the Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize in 1993. He has won many other awards in the past five decades from organizations such as the American Historical Association, the New York Historical Society, and the Fraunces Tavern Museum. Wood is a fellow of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. In 2014, his book, The American Revolution: A History, was on the New York Times bestseller list.

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