Founding Myths : Stories that Hide Our Patriotic Past
Widely praised following its initial publication, "Founding Myths" is a page turner created out of the material of American history primers. Re-examining thirteen well-known tales from the American struggle for independence, the book documents the errors and inventions that permeate these cherished national myths - myths that are often still taught in American history classes. Engaging and eye-opening, Ray Raphael's bold and provocative book retells the story of Paul Revere's midnight ride, which turns out to have involved far more than one rider; Patrick Henry's famous (and fictitious) 'Give Me Liberty' speech; and the made-up character of Molly Pitcher, among many others. Raphael cleverly demonstrates how these stories evolved over time. And in each case, he offers an alternative version, one that is both more historically accurate, more in touch with the nation's democratic ideals. For anyone who is curious about the true story of the nation's founding, and for those searching for a genuine chronicle of democratic struggle, "Founding Myths" is American History at its truest and most vital.
- Paperback | 368 pages
- 140 x 210 x 24.38mm | 430g
- 31 Jul 2006
- The New Press
- New York, NY, United Kingdom
- New edition
- New edition
- 15 Illustrations, unspecified
"All students of American history will find Raphael's correction of the historical record instructive and enjoyable" - PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY "Founding Myths makes great strides toward challenging conventional myths and broadening our understanding of American history." - INSTITUTE FOR HISTORICAL REVIEW "Historians have long known these truths. Raphael deserves praise for his efforts to have that knowledge trickle down to the rest of us." - SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL "His debunking does not disappoint." - CITY PAPER, (BALTIMORE)"
About Ray Raphael
Ray Raphael is a researcher and writer. A teacher in a one-room public high school for 17 years, he has also taught at Humboldt State University and College of the Redwoods. He is the author of ten previous books, including A People's History of the American Revolution.