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The patriot volunteer, fighting for country and his rights, makes the most reliable soldier on earth… Stonewall Jackson

American insurgents, American patriots : the revolution of the people  T.H. Breen  New York : Hill and Wang, 2010  Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. 337 p. ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. [301]-324) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG  

Benjamin Franklin, Richard Bache, his wife Sarah, Franklin's daughter, and her son Benjamin Franklin Bache at dockside in Philadelphia. Franklin is greeted by Judge Thomas McKean, who stands on the right. A sedan chair with two porters awaits Franklin on the left; large ship in the background.

Benjamin Franklin, Richard Bache, his wife Sarah, Franklin’s daughter, and her son Benjamin Franklin Bache at dockside in Philadelphia. Franklin is greeted by Judge Thomas McKean, who stands on the right. A sedan chair with two porters awaits Franklin on the left; large ship in the background.

Before there could be a revolution, there was a rebellion; before patriots, there were insurgents. Challenging and displacing decades of received wisdom, T. H. Breen’s strikingly original book explains how ordinary Americans — most of them members of farm families living in small communities — were drawn into a successful insurgency against imperial authority.

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A few celebrated figures in the Continental Congress do not make for a revolution. It requires tens of thousands of ordinary men and women willing to sacrifice, kill, and be killed. Breen not only gives the history of these ordinary Americans but, drawing upon a wealth of rarely seen documents, restores their primacy to American independence.

Print shows Israel Putnam, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left, wearing military uniform; in medallion with ribbon and laurel border, a liberty cap on the left, and at the base a sword, shield, and a cannon barrel draped with a flag.

Print shows Israel Putnam, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left, wearing military uniform; in medallion with ribbon and laurel border, a liberty cap on the left, and at the base a sword, shield, and a cannon barrel draped with a flag.

Mobilizing two years before the Declaration of Independence, American insurgents in all thirteen colonies concluded that resistance to British oppression required organized violence against the state. They channeled popular rage through elected committees of safety and observation, which before 1776 were the heart of American resistance. American Insurgents, American Patriots is the stunning account of the insurgency that led to the nation’s founding.

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