A People's History of the American Revolution: How Common People Shaped the Fight for Independence

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Harper Collins, Jun 18, 2002 - History - 528 pages
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A sweeping narrative of the wartime experience, A People's History of the American Revolution is the first book to view the revolution through the eyes of common folk. Their stories have long been overlooked in the mythic telling of America's founding, but are crucial to a comprehensive understanding of the fight for independence. Now, the experiences of farmers, laborers, rank and file soldiers, women, Native Americans, and African Americans -- found in diaries, letters, memoirs and other long-ignored primary sources -- create a gritty account of rebellion, filled with ideals and outrage, loss, sacrifice, and sometimes scurrilous acts...but always ringing with truth.

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User Review  - empress8411 - LibraryThing

Written in easy-to-understand prose, with moderate vocabulary and captivating historic vignettes, this is a the perfect book for an introduction to the how the American Revolution affected the common ... Read full review

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User Review  - EpicTale - LibraryThing

Persuasive, interesting, and historically-grounded argument that widespread popular sentiment for independence from Britain was evident by 1774. Nothing against the Founding Fathers and their actions ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Ray Raphael is the author of numerous books, including An Everyday History of Somewhere, The Men from the Boys: Rites of Passage in Male America, and Tree Talk: The People and Politics of Timber. He lives in northern California.

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