Founding Myths

Founding Myths

Stories That Hide Our Patriotic Past

By Ray Raphael

New Press, Paperback, 9781595580733, 354pp.

Publication Date: July 2006

Raphael questions the validity of the legend of Paul Revere's ride, Thomas Jefferson's status as the architect of American equality, and the existence of Molly Pitcher.

About the Author
Ray Raphael is the author of numerous books, including An Everyday History of Somewhere, The Men from the Boys: Rites of Passage in Male America, and Tree Talk: The People and Politics of Timber. He lives in northern California.

Sunday, Jul 4, 2010

What actually happened on Independence Day? Did the rebels really wait until they saw the whites of British eyes at Bunker Hill? Historian Ray Raphael helps us debunk some of America's most popular -- and believed -- national creation myths. More at

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