The First American Revolution: Before Lexington and Concord

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The New Press, May 10, 2011 - History - 288 pages
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According to the traditional telling, the American Revolution began with “the shot heard round the world.” Now in paperback, Ray Raphael’s The First American Revolution uses the wide-angle lens of a people’s historian to tell a surprising new story of America’s revolutionary struggle.

In the years before the battle of Lexington and Concord, local people—men and women of common means but of uncommon courage—overturned British authority and declared themselves free from colonial oppression, with acts of rebellion that long predated the Boston Tea Party. In rural towns such as Worcester, Massachusetts, democracy set down roots well before the Boston patriots made their moves in the fight for independence. Richly documented, The First American Revolution recaptures in vivid detail the grassroots activism that drove events in the years leading up to the break from Britain.

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By September of 1774, the British had lost all control of Massachusetts outside of Boston, with the most dramatic action culminating in Worcester. It was a revolution in which no one was killed and ... Read full review


Part 1 Before the Revolution
Part 2 The Revolution of 1774
Part 3 Aftermath
Why the Story Has Not Been Told

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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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