People's History, Founding Myths, and the American Revolution


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The Spirit of ’74: How the American Revolution Began. In 2002 The First American Revolution supplied the first detailed narrative of the sweeping Massachusetts Revolution of 1774, which enveloped the province more than half a year before the British struck back at Lexington and Concord. Although the account of a true revolution across the countryside has gained acceptance among specialists, it has not been widely incorporated into the popular national narrative, which continues to focus on Boston. Introducing the story of the first overthrow of British authority to the general public, Ray and his wife Marie, author of two successful young adult novels (Streets of Gold and Boy from Ireland), narrate a critical but misunderstood chapter in the history of American Revolution: what actually happened in the sixteen months following the Boston Tea Party that caused British Regulars to march on Concord?
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Textbook mythologies. In a formative state: a website for teachers,
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Ongoing articles for Journal of the American Revolution: All Things Liberty, History News Network, and American History magazine.

Humboldt History. Because of his focus on the nation’s origins, Raphael will not continue to write the Humboldt History series, which he and Freeman House initiated with Two Peoples, One Place. The project continues, however, with several forthcoming volumes from Jerry Rohde. The revised paperback edition of Two Peoples, One Place is now available.

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