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The Resource Revolution song : a story of American freedom, Russell Shorto

Revolution song : a story of American freedom, Russell Shorto

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Revolution song : a story of American freedom
Title
Revolution song
Title remainder
a story of American freedom
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Russell Shorto
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
"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
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Review
  • Shorto (Amsterdam: A History of the World’s Most Liberal City) brings the American Revolution to life in this vibrant account of six remarkable Revolutionary-era people, weaving together their stories to reflect on emergent understandings of individual freedom within the Atlantic world. Attuned to the cultural and political complexities of early America, Shorto examines well-known public figures—future president George Washington, Seneca warrior Cornplanter, and colonial administrator George Sackville—alongside those engaged in more private struggles for freedom: soldier’s daughter Margaret Moncrieffe; Venture Smith, an enslaved African man who later bought his freedom; and shoemaker Abraham Yates. Each character is portrayed as an individual, not an archetype. By paying close attention to the ways that particular lives unfold in the face of revolution, Shorto reflects on the emotional experience as well as the historical consequences of America’s violent birth. Readers interested in looking past America’s founding myths will be especially charmed by this history—George Washington, for one, appears in a new light as a devoted reader of self-help books with a penchant for fashion design. Though Shorto’s attempts to render the interior lives of his six characters can appear too speculative, his attention to everyday detail anchors his portraits and helps reveal the precariousness of freedom in an unequal, rapidly changing society. (Nov.) --Staff (Reviewed 09/04/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 36, p)
  • Americans' struggle for freedom and independence affected a wide range of individuals.Aiming to reveal the reality of life in the Colonies and Britain before and during the Revolution, Shorto (Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City, 2013, etc.) focuses on six different people: George Washington; British aristocrat and statesman George Germain, Lord Sackville; Venture Smith, an African-born slave; Abraham Yates, a shoemaker who rose to become mayor of his native Albany, New York; Cornplanter, a Seneca warrior; and Margaret Coghlan, the American-born daughter of a British officer. Except for Washington and Sackville, the protagonists are little known, which affords the author a fresh and often fascinating perspective on 18th-century life. Drawing on memoirs, letters, archival material, and much historical writing, he fashions a brisk chronological narrative that jumps from one individual to another. Smith's story is especially lively: a tall, strapping young man, he quickly learned "how to leverage his position" even though he was enslaved and managed to buy freedom for himself—and eventually for his wife and children. Settling in Stonington, Connecticut, he amassed considerable property, so much that when his former owner fell into bankruptcy, Smith offered him a mortgage on 100-plus acres of land, and, in the transaction, managed to provide an inheritance for his own son. Yates emerges as a complicated character: working for popular representation, nevertheless he was "convinced that government, any government, was a thing to be mistrusted," growing ever more powerful, "always at the expense of individuals." He was opposed to ratifying the Constitution because it gave the federal government "vast powers" and therefore was pleasantly surprised at the creation of the Bill of Rights, which ensured individual freedoms. Coghlan seems the most arbitrary—and unrepresentative—of Shorto's choices: young, intelligent, and well bred, she was beautiful enough to attract many indulgent lovers in America and abroad, where she ended her life in penury. If Coghlan "felt the pull of freedom," still Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Gloria Steinem hardly seem to be her "ideological descendants." An intimate look at life in tumultuous times.(Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2017)
Biography type
contains biographical information
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10574460
Cataloging source
YDX
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Shorto, Russell
Dewey number
973.3
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
E208
LC item number
.S56 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • United States
  • United States
Target audience
adult
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a story of American freedom
Label
Revolution song : a story of American freedom, Russell Shorto
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 515-578) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Sons of fathers -- A tide in the affairs of men -- The turtle's back -- The charming sound of bullets -- World on fire -- This land I have made for you and not for others -- The spirit that rages -- Thirteen toasts -- Assuming command -- A natural inclination to liberty -- The city of New York will, in all human probability, very soon be the scene of a bloody conflict -- So celestial an article -- Cannons muskets drums -- White freedom -- I am your son! I am a warrior! -- Numberless meteors gleaming through the atmosphere -- The cause of humanity -- Rough hewer -- Glowing with zeal for the general happiness and improvement of mankind -- Which nothing else can equal
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 621 pages
Isbn
9780393245547
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • 971353907
  • (OCoLC)971353907
Label
Revolution song : a story of American freedom, Russell Shorto
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 515-578) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Sons of fathers -- A tide in the affairs of men -- The turtle's back -- The charming sound of bullets -- World on fire -- This land I have made for you and not for others -- The spirit that rages -- Thirteen toasts -- Assuming command -- A natural inclination to liberty -- The city of New York will, in all human probability, very soon be the scene of a bloody conflict -- So celestial an article -- Cannons muskets drums -- White freedom -- I am your son! I am a warrior! -- Numberless meteors gleaming through the atmosphere -- The cause of humanity -- Rough hewer -- Glowing with zeal for the general happiness and improvement of mankind -- Which nothing else can equal
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 621 pages
Isbn
9780393245547
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • 971353907
  • (OCoLC)971353907

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