Rebels, Radicals, and Reformers in the Making of the Nation
ISBN10: 0307455998 ISBN13: 9780307455994 Contributors: Nash, Gary B. (Editor); Raphael, Ray Publisher: Vintage Books Published: Apr 17 2012 Pages: 450 Weight: 0.96lbs. Height: 8.00" Width: 5.00" Depth: 1.00" Language: English
In twenty-two original essays, leading historians reveal the radical impulses at the founding of the American Republic. Here is a fresh, new reading of the American Revolution that gives voice and recognition to a generation of radical thinkers and doers whose revolutionary ideals outstripped those of the "Founding Fathers."While the Founding Fathers advocated a break from Britain and espoused ideals of republican government, none proposed significant changes to the fabric of colonial society. Yet during this "revolutionary" period some people did believe that "liberty" meant "liberty for all" and that "equality" should be applied to political, economic, and religious spheres. Here are the stories of individuals and groups who exemplified the radical ideals of the American Revolution more in keeping with our own values today. This volume helps us to understand the social conflicts unleashed by the struggle for independence, the Revolution's achievements, and the unfinished agenda it left to future generations to confront.