Revolution Song

Revolution Song

A Story of American Freedom

Book - 2018 | First edition.
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"In his epic new book, Russell Shorto takes us back to the founding of the American nation, drawing on diaries, letters and autobiographies to flesh out six lives that cast the era in a fresh new light. They include an African man who freed himself and his family from slavery, a rebellious young woman who abandoned her abusive husband to chart her own course, and a certain Mr. Washington, who was admired for his social graces but harshly criticized for his often-disastrous military strategy. Through these lives we understand that the revolution was fought over the meaning of individual freedom, a philosophical idea that became a force for violent change. A powerful narrative and a brilliant defense of American values, Revolution Song makes the compelling case that the American Revolution is still being fought today and that its ideals are worth defending."--Jacket flap.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780393245547
0393245543
Branch Call Number: 973.3 SHORTO
Characteristics: xii, 621 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm

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May 29, 2018

In a broad and satisfying counterpoint of narratives, Shorto chooses to tell the story of the early Colonies and their founding in six interlocking stories: three leaders (George Washington, the British Secretary of War, the Iroquois chief Cornplanter) and three other individuals whose historical voices reflect on the meaning of "freedom" in outspoken terms of the institution of American slavery, of class struggle, and of gender inequality. The American rebels, he shows, achieved some measure of the "freedom" they debated and sought, but it was a "white freedom."

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