The Unknown American Revolution by Gary B. Nash
The Unruly Birth of Democracy and the Struggle to Create America

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In the rows of august marble busts that commemorate the American Revolution, we have lost sight of the true radical spirit of the longest and most disruptive upheaval in our history, argues distinguished American historian Gary B. Nash. In this brilliant reexamination of the swirl of ideology, grievance, outrage, and hope that animated the revolutionary decades, Nash demonstrates that though the Founding Fathers led the charge, the energy to raise a revolt emerged from all classes and races of American society. Millennialist preachers and enslaved Africans, frontier mystics and dockside tars, disgruntled women and aggrieved Indians—all had their own fierce vision of what an independent America could and should be. According to Nash, the American Revolution was truly a people’s revolution, a civil war at home as well as an armed insurrection against colonial control.

In this ideal companion volume to Howard Zinn’s classic A People’s History of the United States, Nash re-creates the heady and often-violent excitement that convulsed American lives during the last three decades of the eighteenth century and presents a unique look at the struggle to create a new country.


About Gary B. Nash

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Gary B. Nash is professor of history at UCLA and director of the National Center for History in the Schools. He is the former president of the Organization of American Historians, co-chair of the National History Standards Project, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Published June 23, 2005 by Viking Adult. 544 pages
Genres: History, War. Non-fiction

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The American Revolution, writes Nash (History/UCLA; History on Trial, 1997), was messy, deadly, and radical through and through--far from the sanitized, mythical version of the textbooks.

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In this insightful, challenging "antidote to historical amnesia," Nash (Race and Revolution ) deftly illustrates that while the Revolution has been implanted in our collective memory as the idealized "Glorious Cause," in reality it was more a chaotic and bloody civil war, replete with fragile all...

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