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Founders: The People Who Brought You a Nation

Ray Raphael.
Publisher New Press  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.05 x 1.5 inches
ISBN 9781595584175
Pages/Publication Date 594/2010
Daedalus Item Code 22138
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The author of A People's History of the American Revolution selects seven representative figures, both famous and little known, to anchor this sweeping history of the Founding Era, from the beginnings of unrest in 1761 through the passage of the Bill of Rights 30 years later. Here are accounts of the intertwined lives of George Washington and a private soldier in his army, and Robert Morris—America's richest merchant—who rescued the nation from bankruptcy, going head to head with Thomas Young, a country doctor and peripatetic revolutionary who incited rebellion in seven states. Here too are the lives of Mercy Otis Warren, perhaps the most politically engaged woman of the era; village blacksmith Timothy Bigelow; and Henry Laurens, a conservative slave owner with an abolitionist son.

"Stars of this entertaining yet informative account include military bankroller Robert Morris, conservative politician and reluctant rebel Henry Laurens, blacksmith-turned-insurgent Timothy Bigelow, young and eager soldier Joseph Plumb Martin, rabble-rousing country doctor Thomas Young, and Puritan poet-turned-political commentator and historian Mercy Otis Warren. The final key player in this narrative is George Washington, and Raphael manages to put a fresh spin on his overly familiar story. The author relies heavily on primary sources, especially diaries, letters, and Martin's and Warren's published works, to craft a highly readable work of popular history that is sure to be a hit among readers who prefer to look at history from a bottom-up perspective. A worthy complement to [Ray] Raphael's previous works."—School Library Journal

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