A People's History of the American Revolution
How Common People Shaped the Fight for Independence
Baker & Taylor
Narrated from the diverse perspectives of its everyday participants, a readable history of the American Revolution interweaves personal letters, diaries, and other primary source material into an informative study of the battle for independence, the events of the war, and the personalities involved. 35,000 first printing.
Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States turned history on its head for an entire generation of readers, telling the nation's story through the eyes of ordinary peoplethe slaves, workers, immigrants, women, and Native Americans who made history but who are typically left out of the historical record. In the two decades since its first publication, A People's History of the United States has been a revelation to thousands of Americans (it has sold over a half-million copies in the US alone), for whom Zinn's bottom-up approach afforded new and critical vantage points on the American past. Now, under the direction of Howard Zinn, The New Press introduces a groundbreaking new series of original people's histories. Examining major events and eras in US as well as world history with the same critical lens that Zinn used for the whole of American history, The New Press People's Histories reinterpret the past for a new generation of readers. The first book in the series, Ray Raphael's A People's History of the American Revolution: How Common People Shaped the Fight for Independence, is a provocative retelling of America's founding moment. As Zinn writes, "I can't think of a better way to launch the People's History series than with Ray Raphael's book on the American Revolution. He's done a superb job of research in both secondary and primary material. The book is rich with wonderful quotations from first-hand sources. His point of view, his narrative, perfectly match the intent of a 'people's history.' " The first major effort to tell the history of the American Revolution from the often overlooked standpoints of its everyday participants, A People's History of the American Revolution is a highly accessible narrative of the wartime experience that brings in the stories of previously marginalized voices: the common people, slave and free, who made up the majority in eighteenth-century America. This first volume in The New Press People's History Series skillfully weaves diaries, personal letters, and other long-overlooked primary source material into the historical narrative. The result is a remarkable first-person perspective on the events leading up to and during the war. With a simple shift of the focus of history's lensaway from Revolutionary leaders such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson and on to the slaves they owned, the Indians they displaced, and the men and boys who did the fightingRaphael brings us a true people's history of the Revolutionary experience.
Uses diaries, letters, and memoirs to recount the events of the American Revolution from the perspective of those who lived through it.
New York : New Press : Distributed by W.W. Norton, 2001
viii, 386 p. ; 24 cm