RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 456171429 LA English T1 American insurgents, American patriots : the revolution of the people A1 Breen, T. H.,, YR 2010 SN 9780809075881 0809075881 9780809024797 0809024799 AB "Before there could be a revolution, there was a rebellion; before patriots, there were insurgents. Challenging decades of received wisdom, T.H. Breen's strikingly original book explains how ordinary Americans-- most of them members of farm families living in small communities-- were drawn into a successful insurgency against imperial authority. This is the compelling story of our national political origins that most Americans do not know. It is a story of rumor, charity, vengeance, and restraint. American insurgents, American patriots reminds us that revolutions are violent events. They provoke passion and rage, a willingness to use violence to achieve political ends, a deep sense of betrayal, and a strong religious conviction that God expects an oppressed people to defend their rights. The American Revolution was no exception."--Jacket.