The Proud and the Free by Howard Fast

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A soldier in the American Revolution must struggle for his country’s existence and its most precious ideals—even though it means fighting against his commanding officers

In 1781, Jamie Stuart is a twenty-three-year-old soldier serving amongst Jews, free slaves, Catholics, Native Americans, and others grouped together in a “Foreign Brigade.” They are part of a larger Pennsylvania Line that is forced to fight without pay, re-enlist without end, and survive without basic provisions. Enslaved and abused, Stuart and his friends join the mutiny of the entire Pennsylvania Line against its officers, holding their superiors accountable to the principles promised by their developing nation. In The Proud and the Free, Fast brilliantly imagines a forgotten moment in American history that marked one of the nation’s earliest struggles for freedom against tyranny. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Howard Fast including rare photos from the author’s estate.
 

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Howard Fast was born January 11, 1914. The grandson of Jewish immigrants from Ukraine, he was raised in a poor family, and his politics have always been an important part of his life and work. A fighter for anti-Fascist causes and a member of the Communist party, he was jailed for three months during the 1950s for refusing to testify about his political activity. Blacklisted as a result, he founded his own publishing house, Blue Heron Press, which released his novel Spartacus (1951), which was made into a popular film in 1960. Some of his works were written under the pseudonym E. V. Cunningham. Fast's first novel was published in 1933 during the Great Depression, and he has had a solidly successful career ever since. Considered to be one of the world's most widely read writers, his books have been translated into 82 languages. More than 10 of his novels have been made into films, and The Immigrants (1977) was made into a television miniseries in 1979. His novels are page-turners, in which characters struggle with personal, political, and religious questions in their lives. The female characters-a number of his books have female protagonists-are strong, intelligent, and capable people who must fight to maintain their families and their fortunes amidst the tumultuous events of the twentieth century. Howard Fast died on March 12, 2003.
 
Published December 13, 2011 by Open Road Media. 241 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, War. Fiction

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Mutiny in January, by Carl Van Doren, published in April of 1943, set for many, who held no pretensions to scholarship in the minutiae of the history of the American Revolution, the background of our knowledge concerning the brief rebellion of some soldiers of the Pennsylvania Line.

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The author of here retells the story of a brief rebellion of some soldiers of the Pennsylvania Line in the American Revolution — with a background set by Carl Van Doren in published in 1943.

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