Founding Myths

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Founding Myths

Stories That Hide Our Patriotic Past

By Ray Raphael

New Press, Paperback, 9781595580733, 354pp.

Publication Date: July 31, 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 has taught at a one-room public high school, Humboldt State University, and College of the Redwoods. His twelve books include "A People's History of the American Revolution" and "The First American Revolution" (both available from The New Press).

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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