By Charles Patrick Neimeyer
One of the pictures american citizens carry most beneficial is that of the drum-beating, fire-eating Yankee Doodle Dandy insurgent, overpowering his British adversaries via sheer grit and resolution. the parable of the classless, independence-minded farmer or hard-working artisan-turned-soldier is deeply ingrained within the nationwide psyche.
Charles Neimeyer the following separates truth from fiction, revealing for the 1st time who rather served within the military throughout the Revolution and why. His conclusions are startling. as the military relied totally on these not attached to the hot American aristorcracy, the African american citizens, Irish, Germans, local american citizens, laborers-for-hire, and "free white males at the circulation" who served within the military have been in simple terms infrequently alltruistic patriots pushed by way of a imaginative and prescient of liberty and nationwide unity.
Bringing to gentle the genuine composition of the enlisted ranks, the relationships of African-Americans and of local americans to the military, and various acts of mutiny, desertion, and resistance opposed to officials and executive, Charles Patrick Neimeyer right here presents the 1st finished and traditionally exact portrait of the Continental soldier.
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America Goes to War: A Social History of the Continental Army (The American Social Experience) by Charles Patrick Neimeyer