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Past and Prologue: Politics and Memory in the American Revolution

Michael D. Hattem


In Past and Prologue, Michael Hattem shows how colonists’ changing understandings of history shaped the politics of the American Revolution and the origins of American national identity. Between the 1760s and 1800, Americans stopped thinking of the British past as their own history and created a new historical tradition that would form the foundation for what subsequent generations would think of as “American history.” This change was a crucial part of the cultural transformation at the heart of the Revolution by which colonists went from thinking of themselves as British subjects to thinking ... More

Keywords: American Revolution, colonial America, early republic, historical memory, nationalism, identity, British Empire, political culture, historiography

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Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780300234961
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300234961.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael D. Hattem, author
Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute

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