Revolution Song

Revolution Song

A Story of American Freedom

Book - 2018
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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.
Publisher: New York :, W.W. Norton & Company,, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780393245547
0393245543
Branch Call Number: 973.3 SHO 2018
Characteristics: xii, 621 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm

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Jenkskitten
Feb 14, 2019

Very well documented book of the times leading up to, during and after America's battle for freedom from England. Told in story form using six main characters, one being George Washington. The reader is lead through the times and the events of the each of the other characters who came in contact with Washington. The author uses letters, newspapers, etc of that time frame to give the reader the inner thoughts of the characters. The documentation debunks some of the "hero" tales of Washington, showing him to be just like any other human; but he being placed in situations he did not really want to be. You can not help wonder how you would have reacted if it had been you instead. The main thread is the ingrained desire for freedom of people throughout the world, yet some of those who settled in America chose to do something about it. Recommend reading...even if it sounds somewhat like a history book at times, yet there are tidbits of information that will keep your interest. Since it is past history, the conclusion of each character is complete.

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tjdickey
May 29, 2018

In a broad and satisfying counterpoint of narratives, Shorto chooses to tell the story of the early Colonies and their founding in six interlocking stories: three leaders (George Washington, the British Secretary of War, the Iroquois chief Cornplanter) and three other individuals whose historical voices reflect on the meaning of "freedom" in outspoken terms of the institution of American slavery, of class struggle, and of gender inequality. The American rebels, he shows, achieved some measure of the "freedom" they debated and sought, but it was a "white freedom."

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