Fighting Over the Founders: How We Remember the American Revolution


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New York University Press
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6.3 X 1.0 X 9.1 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Andrew M. Schocket is Director of American Culture Studies and Associate Professor of History and American Culture Studies at Bowling Green State University (OH). He is the author of Founding Corporate Power in Early National Philadelphia.


"The book is most insightful when Schocket leaves aside his two categories and listens to what the American Revolution means to guides and visitors at historical sites, public television producers, and Revolutionary War reenactors. They all seek an emotional connection to this heritage and long to be inspired by it, while being aware that representations of the past can never do full justice to its complexity."--The Journal of American History
"In dealing with historic sites the tension between representing a complex history and satisfying sponsors and the public is richly conveyed. Schocket also brings out the problematic black experience at these sites, including the often thin representation of their Revolution, the racial imbalance in visitors of the sites, and the persistence of employment disparity."--U.S. Studies Online
"This book looks in-depth at how [the Founding Fathers] have been used by a variety of forces and takes a wide lens to see the views, goals, and how people use history to their advantage...This is an interesting book because it looks at the present day while talking about people and events over two hundred years old."--San Francisco Book Review
"Schocket distinguishes between & essentialists who see the founders as demigods and who emphasize the founders belief in private property and Protestantism, and & organicists, who believe Americans are still in the process of trying to complete the Revolution. Covering the years since 2000, the book analyzes presidential speeches and debates as well as best-selling books, popular movies, and historic sites."--Trend & Tradition
"Afast-paced, often insightful, sometimes funny book aimed at the general reader. This is a subject of crucial importance to our understanding of American national identity."Schocket's book . . .will appeal to all readers with an interest in the contemporary meaning of the American founding"--The Historian
"Fighting over the Foundersis divided into cross-sections, each approaching different parts of our national culture, groups which alternately revere, recreate, and research the Revolution's legacy... Fighting over the Founders, thankfully, turns the page away from the crass exploitation of the framers' legacies, toward a new understanding."--Public Books
"Schockets book will rightly become a must-read for specialists in the American Revolution and the early Republic, as well as for those engaged with understanding how history can become a way of entry into national self-understanding. His sharp-eyed approach to historic sites, museums, and parks and to such films asThe PatriotandNational particularly perceptive and enlightening."--American Political Thought
"[Fighting Over the Founders] is an important and provocative book.The book stands out among its peers in the field of American Revolution memory studies both because of its currency and because of Schockets innovative approach."--The American Historian