Matt’s Book Blog reviewed Sealed With Blood: War, Sacrifice, and Memory in Revolutionary America by Sarah J. Purcell for the 2013 American Revolution Reading Challenge. Here’s an excerpt:
This book is also about how Americans remembered the war for independence with celebrations, commemorations and other ceremonies. Purcell details how different groups in society – women, African Americans, the poor, war veterans – gradually demanded to be included in commemorations, to the discomfort of elites who wanted to shove back into the bottle the democratic genies that had been released by the war. For instance, during the war, the franchise in Pennsylvania had been extended beyond property-owning males. After the war, the property owners tried to pass legislation restricting it again. Protesters used commemorations of the war to publicize their point of view.
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