The Freedoms We Lost by Barbara Clark Smith
Consent and Resistance in Revolutionary America

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The Freedoms We Lost is an ambitious historical analysis of the American revolution that reinterprets the gains and losses experienced by ordinary Americans and challenges the easy narrative that subsumes the growth of “freedom” into the story of the American nation. Esteemed historian Barbara Clark Smith proposes that many ordinary Americans were in fact more free on the eve of Revolution than they were two decades later.
 

About Barbara Clark Smith

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Barbara Smith is the bestselling author of 25 books. Canadian social history is one of her lifelong interests and she has also taught writing-related courses in schools from elementary to university level and for private industry. Barbara and her husband, Bob, live on Vancouver Island in British Columbia.
 
Published November 9, 2010 by New Press, The. 288 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Smith establishes a crucial distinction between the modern conservative view—that government is best when it governs least—and the pre-Revolutionary belief that government should be held accountable for “its obligations to execute laws that protected lesser people from the excessive ambitions of ...

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Smith, curator of political history at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, wishes to re-examine the idea of freedom and consider some ways in which Americans before the Revolution, while lacking the freedom of citizenship, possessed a different kind of freedom that we have lost.

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