Founders: The People Who Brought You a Nation (The New Press)

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Washington, Franklin, Jefferson, Hamilton, Adams, and Madison together they are best known as an intimate cadre of daring, brilliant men credited with our nation’s founding. But does this group tell the whole story? In his widely praised new history of the roots of American patriotism, celebrated author Ray Raphael expands the historical canvas to reveal an entire generation of patriots who pushed for independence, fought a war, and set the United States on its course giving us "an evangelizing introduction to the American Revolution" (Booklist).

Called entertaining yet informative” by Library Journal, Founders brings to life seven historical figures whose stories anchor a sweeping yet intimate history of the Founding Era, from the beginnings of unrest in 1761 through the passage of the Bill of Rights thirty years later. Here we follow the intertwined lives of George Washington and a private soldier in his army. America’s richest merchant, who rescued the nation from bankruptcy, goes head to head with a peripatetic revolutionary who incited rebellion in seven states. Rounding out the company is a richly nuanced cast that includes a common village blacksmith, a conservative slave owner with an abolitionist son, and Mercy Otis Warren, the most politically engaged woman of the time.

A master narrative with unprecedented historical scope, Founders will forever change our image of this most crucial moment in America’s past.

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What historians say:

"Founders will find a secure place in American historical literature."
--Joyce Appleby, past president, Organization of American Historians and American Historical Association

"Dramatize, personalize, localize: this is the way Ray Raphael has brilliantly explored the American Revolution. Readers will devour this stirring account."
--Gary B. Nash, Director, National Center for History in the Schools

"In vivid prose and with clear thought, Ray Raphael illuminates the dramatic struggle for power within the Revolution."
--Alan Taylor, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of The Divided Ground: Indians, Settlers, and the Northern Borderland of the American Revolution

"Raphael helps us feel the urgency of the choices, the fears, and the expectations of the Revolutionary generation."
--Carol Berkin, Presidential Professor of History, Baruch College & The Graduate Center, CUNY and author of Revolutionary Mothers

"An in-depth tableau of the emerging nation, Founders helps redefine our understanding of that most mythologized period in America's past."
--Kenneth C. Davis, author of Don't Know Much About® History

About the Author:

Ray Raphael has taught at a one-room public high school, Humboldt State University, and College of the Redwoods. His twelve books include Founding Myths, A People’s History of the American Revolution, and The First American Revolution, all available from The New Press. He lives in Redway, California.

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