People's History, Founding Myths, and the American Revolution
Ray Raphael - People's Historian


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America: Past and Present
Robert A. Divine et al.
Longman (Addison-Wesley), 2003
High school advanced placement

Myths Perpetuated:

146: Lexington militia “a collection of ill-trained farmers”; no sense that they had been training for six months. See Founding Myths, chapter 4.

155: “The fighting ended” 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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