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A People's History Of The American Revolution : How Common People Shaped the Fight for Independence - Ray Raphael

A People's History Of The American Revolution

How Common People Shaped the Fight for Independence

Paperback Published: 5th July 2016
ISBN: 9781620971833
Number Of Pages: 400

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Upon its first publication in 2001 as the inaugural volume in The New Press People’s History series, edited by the late Howard Zinn, Ray Raphael’s magisterial A People’s History of the American Revolution was hailed by Fresh Air as “relentlessly aggressive and unsentimental.” With impeccable skill, Raphael presented a wide array of fascinating scholarship within a single volume, employing a bottom-up approach that has served as a revelation to thousands of Americans.

A People’s History of the American Revolution draws upon diaries, personal letters, and other Revolutionary-era treasures, weaving a thrilling, “you are there” narrative—“a tapestry that uses individual experiences to illustrate the larger stories” (Los Angeles Times Book Review). In the trademark style of Howard Zinn, Raphael shifts the focus away from George Washington and Thomas Jefferson to the slaves they owned, the Indians they displaced, and the men and boys who did the fighting.

This “remarkable perspective on a familiar part of American history” (Kirkus) helps us appreciate more fully the incredible diversity of the American Revolution by helping us see it through different sets of eyes.

Industry Reviews

Praise for the 2001 edition:
"A tour de force Ray Raphael has probably altered the way in which future historians will see events."
"The Sunday Times" (London)
The unique value of Raphael's work lies in its mining, from extant primary sources, of the extraordinary recollections of ordinary witnesses to history.
"Booklist"
The nervy energy of this People s History is an arresting antidote to the air of self-satisfied triumphalism that so many Americans casually assume each July Fourth.
"Fresh Air" (NPR)
A cracking good readRay Raphael writes about the American Revolution as if he had been in the thick of it. His no-nonsense approach and style clarify the big issues and reveal the personal dimensions. This is truly a history of the people for the people.
Roy Porter, author of "Enlightenment"
Raphael uses his considerable gifts as a writer [to weave] a tapestry that uses individual experiences to illustrate the larger stories of social groups.
"Los Angeles Times Book Review"
"
Praise for the 2001 edition:
"A tour de force Ray Raphael has probably altered the way in which future historians will see events."
The Sunday Times (London)
The unique value of Raphael's work lies in its mining, from extant primary sources, of the extraordinary recollections of ordinary witnesses to history.
Booklist
The nervy energy of this People s History is an arresting antidote to the air of self-satisfied triumphalism that so many Americans casually assume each July Fourth.
Fresh Air (NPR)
A cracking good readRay Raphael writes about the American Revolution as if he had been in the thick of it. His no-nonsense approach and style clarify the big issues and reveal the personal dimensions. This is truly a history of the people for the people.
Roy Porter, author of Enlightenment
Raphael uses his considerable gifts as a writer [to weave] a tapestry that uses individual experiences to illustrate the larger stories of social groups.
Los Angeles Times Book Review
"
Praise for the 2001 edition:
"A tour de force...Ray Raphael has probably altered the way in which future historians will see events."
--The Sunday Times (London)

"The unique value of Raphael's work lies in its mining, from extant primary sources, of the extraordinary recollections of ordinary witnesses to history."
--Booklist

"The nervy energy of this People's History is an arresting antidote to the air of self-satisfied triumphalism that so many Americans casually assume each July Fourth."
--Fresh Air (NPR)

"A cracking good read...Ray Raphael writes about the American Revolution as if he had been in the thick of it. His no-nonsense approach and style clarify the big issues and reveal the personal dimensions. This is truly a history of the people for the people."
--Roy Porter, author of Enlightenment

"Raphael uses his considerable gifts as a writer [to weave] a tapestry that uses individual experiences to illustrate the larger stories of social groups."
--Los Angeles Times Book Review

ISBN: 9781620971833
ISBN-10: 1620971836
Series: A People's History of the American Revolution
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 5th July 2016
Publisher: The New Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 14.61  x 4.45
Weight (kg): 0.59

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