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By Ray Raphael

ISBN-10: 1595588515

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The easiest single-volume heritage of the Revolution i've got read.-Howard Zinn. the 1st significant attempt to inform the heritage of the yank Revolution from the customarily neglected standpoints of its daily members, A People's historical past of the yank Revolution is a hugely available narrative of the wartime adventure that brings within the tales of formerly marginalized voices: the typical humans, slave and loose, who Read more...

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In the true spirit of the Revolution, George Robert Twelves Hewes was promoted to serve as a boatswain not because of his status but because of his ability: he could pucker and blow. In January of 1774, George Hewes was the focal point of yet another political skirmish in the prelude to war. ” According to the Massachusetts Gazette, Mr. George-Robert-Twelves Hewes was coming along Fore-Street, near Captain Ridgway’s, and found the redoubted John Malcolm, standing over a small boy, who was pushing a little sled before him, cursing, damning, threatening and shaking a very large cane with a very heavy ferril on it over his head.

Not likely. Indian war whoops, described by a Tory observer as “an hideous Yelling,” came from outside, quickly answered by calls from the meeting house. ”27 Who were those Mohawks? According to Joshua Wyeth, a journeyman blacksmith, “It was proposed that young men, not much known in town and not liable to be easily recognized should lead in the business . . ”28 Unlike the mob of the Stamp Act riots, however, this was a contained and disciplined cadre. No extraneous looting or destruction of property was permitted.

33 The notions of Oliver and Hulton seem patently absurd, but history texts for over two centuries have followed their lead every time they explain the actions of the Boston “mob” in terms of propagandists like Sam Adams. The theory of “diffusion”—ideas spreading from top down, from the few to the many—still informs much of our telling of history. But that’s not always the way history works. Except in totalitarian societies, people (even common people) tend to pursue, of their own volition, their personal interests and the interests of their communities.

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