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Revolutionary Founders

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Revolutionary Founders: Rebels, Radicals, and Reformers in the Making of the Nation

(Co-edited with Alfred F. Young and Gary B. Nash)
Alfred A. Knopf, 2011


“[A] uniformly strong collection, [by] an impressive array of historians … Adds immeasurably to our understanding of the Revolution’s full meaning.” – Kirkus Reviews
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“The best essays are small gems of exposition, providing both the context and detail necessary to enable readers to recognize the important contributions of these previously unappreciated and largely unknown individuals.” ­­– New York Times Book Review
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“Challenging, surprising persepctives on the turbulent crosscurrents that shaped our nation's birth.” – American History
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Comments from other historians:

Revolutionary Founders brilliantly restores the struggle for social equality to the central place in the history of American Revolution, and explains how the ‘spirit of leveling’ shaped the making of the new American Republic. For anyone interested in the sources of popular democracy in the United States, Revolutionary Founders is required reading.” —Ira Berlin

“Revolutions free the imagination, making many things seem possible that once were deemed wild visions. Revolutionary Founders introduces into the pantheon of the American Revolution those rebels, radicals, and reformers who passionately committed themselves to act on the conviction that ‘all men are created equal.’” —Joyce Appleby

“Fast-paced and readable, this remarkable book captures an American Revolution that has long been hiding in plain sight. I emerged with a new set of heroes, a fresh appreciation for complex stories, and a new sense of our own connection to a revolutionary past.” —Linda K. Kerber

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