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Liberty Tree : Ordinary People And the American Revolution (Paperback)

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View the Table of Contents. Read the Introduction.This fascinating collection of essays makes a gripping display of the American historian''s efforts to construct a more inclusive, nuanced vision of the Revolutionary War era. . . . A social historian committed to rounding out our cultural memory, Young includes traditionally marginalized groups (women, the poor, the working class, African Americans and Native Americans), but is interested neither in adding token representations nor in replacing the founding fathers. Rather, Young seeks to re-imagine the Revolutionary War era holistically, and what emerges is not only a first look at key but forgotten Revolutionary players, but also a fresh look at figures like Hamilton, Revere and Adams, portrayed here with a richness and humanity lacking in more celebratory treatments. Although these are serious academic essays, Young''s prose is clear and concise, and he judiciously relegates the more technical, scholarly matters to end notes. The result is a work that will be of equal interest to professional scholars and amateur historians. --Publishers WeeklyTo read these eloquent essays by one of the wisest historians of our time is to be drawn into a remarkable conversation: practical, eloquent, decent, and shrewd. Behind Alfred Young''s mesmerizing prose lies dazzling detective work that finds courageous people in all the fullness of their lives, who made a revolution as surely as did more famous leaders. Within the lively stories he tells is also a sharp skepticism of the ways that, over the years, tales of the Revolution have been spun to serve selfish political needs. And throughout Al Young''s interpretations there sings a humane vision forour future, as readers of history, as tourists, and as citizens. --Linda K. Kerber, author of No Constitutional Right to Be Ladies: Women and the Obligations of CitizenshipIn these finely honed essays, Alfred Young brings together more than a half-century of scholarship on the revolutionary era. America''s E. P. Thompson, Young has done more than any other historian of his generation to give ordinary people their due as historical actors of consequence. Deep scholarship, lucid writing, and a high-spirited sympathy for the people ''out of doors'' are the hallmarks of this massive contribution to our understanding of Revolutionary America. --Gary B. Nash, author of The Unknown American Revolution: The Unruly Birth of Democracy and the Struggle to Create AmericaDrawing on his unsurpassed knowledge of the American Revolution, and his powerful commitment to the idea of ''history from below, '' Alfred Young gives us a stirring reminder of the role of ''the people'' in the Revolution. He challenges the orthodox emphasis on the ''great men'' of that time, and with vivid specificity provides an analysis which is subtle, complex, and bold. --Howard Zinn, Professor Emeritus, Boston University and author, A People''s History of the United StatesWith the publication of Liberty Tree, acclaimed historian Alfred F. Young presents a selection of his seminal writing as well as two provocative, never-before-published essays. Together, they take the reader on a journey through the American Revolution, exploring the role played by ordinary women and men (called, at the time, people out of doors) in shaping events during and after the Revolution, their impact on the Founding generation of the new Americannation, and finally how this populist side of the Revolution has fared in public memory.Drawing on a wide range of sources, which include not only written documents but also material items like powder horns, and public rituals like parades and tarring and featherings, Young places ordinary Americans at the center of the Revolution. For example, in one essay he views the Constitution of 1787 as the result of an intentional accommodation by elites with non-elites, while another piece explores the process of ongoing negotiations would-be rulers conducted with the middling sort; women

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Publisher New York Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780814796863
SKU 202706443
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0814796869
Release Date 4/10/2007
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