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Revolutionary Founders

ISBN: 9780307271105 | 0307271102
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Knopf
Pub. Date: 4/19/2011

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In twenty-two original essays, leading historians trace the course of the radical impulses at the founding of the American Republic. Neither Washington, Jefferson, nor Madison were "revolutionary" in any modern sense of the word: while they cast off imperial dependence, they left unchallenged the underpinnings of most societal structures, as well as slavery, and accepted other class, gender, and racial inequalities. Some of their contemporaries, however, resisted the concentration of power in the hands of the few and believed that "liberty" meant liberty for all. It is these thinkersrs" lives, ideas, and accomplishments that are explored here by, among others, Jill Lepore, Alan Taylor, Woody Holton, and Melvin Patrick Ely. Here is a volume that provides us with a fresh reading of the American Revolution, giving voice and recognition to a generation of overlooked radical thinkers and doers, whose revolutionary ideals outstripped those of the Founding Fathers. It is an essential addition to our understanding of the social conflicts unleashed by the struggle for independence, the Revolutionrs"s achievements, and the unfinished agenda it left for future generations to confront.

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