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download ¶ eBook or Kindle ePUB ¿ Ray RaphaelUtion not the later actions of the Continental Congress or the War for Independence which he claims Britain had lost before a single shot was fired Such a grandiose claim is somewhat misleading Perhaps a better term for these events would be the Massachusetts Revolution since raphael never looks outside the colony neither Raphael never looks outside the colony Neither he examine any social groups outside of white male landowning farmers allowing for some brief sketches of their Tory antagonists In some respects he should not be faulted for this narrow focus as it is exactly what he intended to write Nonetheless his expansive conclusions seem exaggerated given the small scope of his study This is true of his source material as well Raphael makes extensive use of source material perhaps too much At times it seems that almost a majority of the book s volume is given to lengthy uotations of primary material leaving little room for the author s analysis His sources while numerous often represent singular points of view which Raphael accepts uncritically for the most part Though his focus is narrow and his conclusions perhaps too far reaching Raphael s ideas are certainly intriguing This story of the people s role in the incipient stages of the American Revolution casts the once familiar tale in a new light He may not change the reader s conception of the Revolution but he will a new light He may not change the reader s conception of the Revolution but he will add new elements to it While many of these same concepts are explored through a slightly different and wider lens by T H Breen in his American Insurgents American Patriots Raphael s narrative is still a uniue look at the Revolution that leaves the reader with plenty to think about An amazing book that really explains the true background to the beginning of the American Revolution The whole scale revolt by the Massachusets rural population is really what precipitated the actions that lead to the Revolutionay War Without that it seems much less likely that there would have been armed conflict and revolution After reading this book I am shocked that they are not teaching this in our schools This is a must read for anyone who loves history or the American Revolution With strong support from primary sources historian Ray Raphael argues that a Revolution was won by leaderless and thoroughly democratic citizenpatriots in Massachusetts long before a shot was fired by either the British or the local militias Ray s argument that the closure of the state courts both Superior and Inferior was the true start of a transfer of power from the King s Government in Massachusetts to a democratic society is well constructed meticulously annotated and difficult to refute Although little known and less heeded the revolutionary events of 1774 sowed the seeds that marked the true birth of our country I unreservedly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in Massachusetts or Revolutionary histor. Ester Massachusetts democracy set down roots well before the Boston patriots made their moves in the fight for independence Richly documented The First American Revolution recaptures in vivid detail the grassroots activism that drove events in the years leading up to the break from Brita. revolution in Massachusetts occurred before and independently of the American Revolution as we know it and I in Massachusetts occurred before and independently of the American Revolution as we know it and I that it covers the gap left by most histories between the Massachusetts Government Act and the outbreak of war caused by Lexington and Concord However I think that the author overstates the importance of these events Even in reading the The first American Revolution Ray Raphael makes it clear that the American Colonies not Ray Raphael makes it clear that the American Colonies not Massachusetts had separated themselves ideologically and in their identity from their British origins The onset of the American Revolution was inevitable the events that actually signify the beginning of the war may not have been the shot heard round the world at Lexington however that battle is still the first violent conflict and thus also remains a significant event in the chronology of the Revolution I thought that this book had a lot of interesting information that I hadn t previously studied It showed the Revolution of 1774 which preceded the American Revolution Many parts of the book can be applied to current situations in the United States which made it a good read However the book was a applied to current situations in the United States which made it a good read However the book was a dragging at times and had a heavy sometimes excessive in my opinion use of uotes that made me lose the author s voice This book is full of a lot of information that I have never seen before about the real start of the American Revolution and all that had happened in Massachusetts with the establishment of the Massachusetts Government Act by Great Britain that basically took away the citizen s rights in that colony and how the common citizens took matters into their own hands to retain their freedom It demonstrates much dramatically how this nation was begun with truly democratic ideals of the common people being in charge of their own destiny and demanding a say in their own governance It kind of puts holes in some of the current notions about whether this country was started as a democracy or as a republic Some interesting information although a bit of a tedious read This work documents rebellion to British rule in the years prior to the American Revolution of 1775 Gives a good portrayal of life and politics in the colonies I always knew there was a lot going on in Massachusetts before Lexington and Concord What a great review of this history The story feels a little slow but I think it was the bloodless actions The story is very compelling because of the overall beginning of the American Revolution Standard narratives of the origins of the American Revolution often center around tensions in Boston as a result of. According to the traditional telling the American Revolution began with the shot heard round the world Now in paperback Ray Raphael's The First American Revolution uses the wide angle lens of a people's historian to tell a surprising new story of America's revolutionary struggle In the .