Americans tend to think of the Revolution as a Massachusetts-based event orchestrated by Virginians, but in fact the war took place mostly in the Middle Colonies—in New York and New Jersey, and parts of Pennsylvania. In My American Revolution, Robert Sullivan delves into the history and landscape of this region to reveal an unsung but crucial aspect of the war.
Sullivan investigates the true history of the crossing of the Delaware, its down-home reenactment each year for the past half a century, and evacuates illegally from Brooklyn to Manhattan by handmade boat. He recounts a Brooklyn historian’s failed attempt to memorialize a colonial Maryland regiment; a tattoo artist’s more successful use of a colonial submarine, which resulted in his 2007 arrest by the New York City police and the FBI; and the life of Philip Freneau, the first poet of American independence, who died in a swamp in the snow. Last but not least, along New York harbor, Sullivan re-creates an ancient signal beacon.
My American Revolution charts a fiercely individual and often hilarious journey through the calendar of American independence, showing us how alive our own history is, often right under our noses.
Hardcover Book : 272 pages
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux ( September 04, 2012 )
Item #: 13-634606
Product Dimensions: 6.0 x 9.0 inches
Product Weight: 17.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)