A Renegade History of the United States

A Renegade History of the United States

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A study of the real revolutionaries who infused America with the identity it has today.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2010
Edition: 1st Free Press hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781416571063
141657106X
Branch Call Number: 303.4 Russell
303.4 Russell
Characteristics: xiii, 382 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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Dec 12, 2013

Well worth reading. If at times the author seems to overstate his case and choose his evidence, he nonetheless makes the very important argument that the freedoms that matter on an every day basis come to us not from the idealists, the moralists or the politicians, but from those who refuse to let their enjoyment of life be suppressed, from the "immoral," from those who won't assimilate, from this who can't or won't conform. Freedom is never granted (and is therefore never protected by any form of government); it is taken.

L1br0V0re Feb 22, 2013

While some historical purists may quibble with the author's broad assertions, I found this to be a compelling read. We tend to idealize those who came here before us, overlooking the contributions of our less-respectable ancestors. Yes, alcoholism, prostitution and adultery were widespread during colonial times. There were some whites who envied the lives of slaves. Jewish, Irish and Italian immigrants used to have close cultural interactions with African American communities. Madams and their prostitutes had some impact on feminism. The mob had an impact upon how we entertain ourselves today, including the financing of gay bars. Not all of those freed from slavery wanted to follow in the footsteps of the Freedman's Bureau or Booker T. Washington. These and other interesting observations make Russell's book a compelling read.

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