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Past and prologue : politics and memory in the American Revolution

Author: Michael D Hattem
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press [2020]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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How American colonists reinterpreted their British and colonial histories to help establish political and cultural independence from Britain. In Past and Prologue, Michael Hattem shows how colonists' changing understandings of their British and colonial histories shaped the politics of the American Revolution and the origins of American national identity. Between the 1760s and 1800s, Americans stopped thinking of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael D Hattem
ISBN: 9780300234961 0300234961
OCLC Number: 1205590930
Description: xii, 308 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Michael D. Hattem.

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How American colonists reinterpreted their British and colonial histories to help establish political and cultural independence from Britain. In Past and Prologue, Michael Hattem shows how colonists' changing understandings of their British and colonial histories shaped the politics of the American Revolution and the origins of American national identity. Between the 1760s and 1800s, Americans stopped thinking of the British past as their own history and created a new historical tradition that would form the foundation for what subsequent generations would think of as "American history." This change was a crucial part of the cultural transformation at the heart of the Revolution by which colonists went from thinking of themselves as British subjects to thinking of themselves as American citizens. Rather than liberating Americans from the past-as many historians have argued-the Revolution actually made the past matter more than ever. Past and Prologue shows how the process of reinterpreting the past played a critical role in the founding of the nation.

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"Ambitious, comprehensive, and compelling."-Peter Onuf, University of Virginia"Hattem presents a powerful, clearly made argument that scholars on the revolution's origins will need to reckon with." Read more...

 
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