American Insurgents, American Patriots

The Revolution of the People
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Product Number: Z100028860
Released: May 31, 2010
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ISBN: #9781400197705
Narrator/s: John Pruden
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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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. This is the story of our national political origins that most Americans do not know. It is a story of rumor, charity, vengeance, and restraint. American Insurgents, American Patriots reminds us that revolutions are violent events. They provoke passion and rage, a willingness to use violence to achieve political ends, a deep sense of betrayal, and a strong religious conviction that God expects an oppressed people to defend their rights. The American Revolution was no exception. 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 tells the history of these ordinary Americans but, drawing upon a wealth of rarely seen documents, restores their primacy to America's road to independence. 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 their insurgency, without which there would have been no independent republic as we know it.

Author(s): T.H. Breen
Original Publish Date: May 31, 2010


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American Insurgents, American Patriots
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Author(s): T.H. Breen
Narrator(s): John Pruden
Product Number DD18807
Released: May 31, 2010
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781400117703
Author(s): T.H. Breen
Genre: History
Product Number EB00102560
Released: Oct 28, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781429932608

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"Breen, a Northwestern University history professor, sees the American Revolutionary War as a grassroots insurgency that smoldered for years before armed conflict with Great Britain broke out. The British Crown and Parliament were slow to realize the degree of indignity colonists felt from the closure of Boston's port, the Coercive Acts, and the sending of an army to police Massachusetts. Narrator John Pruden shows an excellent command of the stogy eighteenth-century English, and sometimes he can make the words flow. But too often he shifts to low gear, reading only one word at a time. Due to the manuscript's composition, in audio format the quotes become mixed with the writer's words. Pruden's continual pausing to achieve a separation becomes a distraction. J.A.H. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"

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