Fighting over the Founders: How We Remember the American by Andrew M. Schocket

By Andrew M. Schocket

The American Revolution is throughout us. it's pictured as massive as billboards and as small as postage stamps, evoked in political campaigns and automobile advertisements campaigns, relived in museums and revised in machine video games. because the nation’s founding second, the yankee Revolution serves as a resource of strong founding myths, and continues to be the main obtainable and such a lot contested occasion in U.S. background: greater than the other, it stands as a proxy for a way american citizens understand the nation’s aspirations. americans’ elevated fascination with the Revolution over the last 20 years represents greater than curiosity some time past. It’s additionally a domain to see the current, and the longer term. What are we utilizing the Revolution to debate?
In Fighting over the Founders, Andrew M. Schocket explores how politicians, screenwriters, activists, biographers, jurists, museum execs, and reenactors painting the yankee Revolution. making a choice on competing “essentialist” and “organicist” interpretations of the yank Revolution, Schocket exhibits how today’s thoughts of the yank Revolution display American’s conflicted rules approximately type, approximately race, and approximately gender—as good because the nature of heritage itself. Fighting over the Founders plumbs our perspectives of the earlier and the current, and illuminates our rules of what usa capability to its voters within the new millennium.

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