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Founders

The People Who Brought You a Nation

Published by New Press, Distributed by W. W. Norton in New York, NY .
Written in English.

About the Edition

We know them well: Washington, Franklin, Jefferson, Hamilton, Adams, and Madison -- an intimate coterie of daring, brilliant men widely credited with our nation's founding. But can this small group tell the whole story? By expanding the historical canvass and broadening the cast of characters, celebrated author Ray Raphael reveals a more thrilling storyline than any textbook version.

Founders brings to life seven dynamic historical figures whose stories anchor a sweeping yet intimate history of the entire Founding Era, from the beginnings of unrest in 1761 through the passage of the Bill of Rights thirty years later. Here we follow the intertwined lives of George Washington and a private soldier in his army. America's richest merchant, who rescued the nation from bankruptcy, goes head to head with a peripatetic revolutionary who incited rebellion in seven states. Rounding out the company is a richly nuanced cast that includes a common village blacksmith, a conservative slave owner with an abolitionist son, and Mercy Otis Warren, the most politically engaged woman of the time.

A master narrative with unprecedented historical scope, Founders will forever change our image of this most crucial moment in America's past.

Table of Contents

Act I Resistance 1
Chapter 1 Facing East and West 3
Chapter 2 Liberty and Property -- And No Stamps! 32
Chapter 3 A Perfect Sense of Their Rights 51
Chapter 4 A Violent Turn 76
Chapter 5 Politics and Tea 102
Act II Revolution 125
Chapter 6 The first American Revolution 127
Chapter 7 Going Continental 154
Chapter 8 Blows Must Decide 168
Chapter 9 Rage Militaire 187
Chapter 10 Liberty for All? 216
Chapter 11 Independence 234
Act III War 261
Chapter 12 Battle Lines 263
Chapter 13 Home Rule -- First Drafts 292
Chapter 14 In Victory and Defeat 311
Chapter 15 Falling Apart 336
Chapter 16 Endgame 369
Act IV Nation 397
Chapter 17 Settling Up 399
Chapter 18 Desires and Discontents 419
Chapter 19 New Rules 444
Chapter 20 Lives and Legacies 493

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Genre
Biography

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
973.3
Library of Congress
E208 .R248 2009

The Physical Object

Format
Hardcover
Pagination
xiii, 594 p., ill., maps
Number of pages
594
Dimensions
24 cm

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL22696949M
Internet Archive
isbn_9781595583277
ISBN 10
1595583270
ISBN 13
9781595583277
LC Control Number
2008052745
OCLC/WorldCat
277118453
Library Thing
8099267
Goodreads
6364057
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