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'American Insurgents' fired first shots of Revolutionary War

Common men — and some women, too — set the stage and paved the path that led to the Revolutionary War and America's independence from England.

Published: July 7, 2010
Breen, a professor of American history at Northwestern University, says of these ordinary patriots, "Simply put, without them there would be no United States.”

Praise for the book comes from an impressive list of scholars. Douglas Brinkley, a Rice University professor of history and official CBS News historian, notes that Breen skirts "the whole Founding Fathers phenomena.” He adds, "Breen champions instead the everymen of the pre-revolution as a brave citizens' brigade of change.”

Those who love this country would find it inspirational to read these 337 pages.

— Dennie Hall

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