People's History, Founding Myths, and the American Revolution
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America’s History: Land of Liberty — Beginning to 1877
Vivian Bernstein
Steck-Vaughn, 1997
Basic learning, middle and secondary school

Myths perpetuated:

72: “Sam” Adams “started” the Committees of Correspondence and “planned” the Boston Tea Party. See Founding Myths, chapter 3.

73-74: The “British soldiers were coming,” and “the minutemen were ready, thanks to Paul Revere.” See Founding Myths, chapter 1.

80: One third of the colonists were Loyalists. See Founding Myths, chapter 7.

81: “The Declaration set high goals for equal treatment in the future.” See Founding Myths, chapter 6.

81, 95: “On July 4, 1776, the delegates signed the Declaration of Independence.” See Founding Myths, Conclusion.

84: “Five thousand African Americans fought for American freedom” — but no mention of those who fought for British, who were more numerous. See Founding Myths, chapter 10.

84, 88: Americans “won their independence” at Yorktown. See Founding Myths, chapter 12.

Critical items neglected, which change our understanding of the Revolution:

The first seizure of political and military authority from the British — Massachusetts, 1774. See Founding Myths, chapter 4.

Over ninety state and local declarations of independence, which set the stage for the congressional declaration. See Founding Myths, chapter 6.

General Sullivan’s genocidal expedition against the Iroquois, the only significant American campaign of 1779. See Founding Myths, chapter 13.

The winter the Continental Army spent at Morristown — far colder than that spent at Valley Forge, and the harshest in 400 years. See Founding Myths, chapter 5.

The global context for the American Revolution — why the war continued after Yorktown. See Founding Myths, chapter 12.

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