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ISBN-13: 978-0814757826 ISBN-10: 0814757820

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Product Details

  • Series: American Social Experience
  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press (June 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814757820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814757826
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Thoroughly compelling. Neimeyer's research is superb, and his social history perspective has told us more than anyone about the origins of the Continental Army and the meanings soldiers attached to their service. This is a genuinely important book."

-Mark Edward Ledner,co-author of A Respectable Army: The Military Origins of the Republic

"Neimeyer pushes to the next plateau the recent work of historians who have investigated the contributions of the Continental Army to the American Revolution. Because of his research and his synthesis of recent scholarship, the previously inarticulate common soldiers of the rank and file find their voices."

-James M. Johnson,author of Militiamen, Rangers, and Redcoats: The Military in Georgia, 1754-1776

"Neimeyer demythologizes the Continental army and very effectively demonstrates that it was an organization that evolved from its original relatively homogeneous make-up into a volatile, multicultural force that included many recent immigrants, African Americans, and Native Americans. . . . A testament to the propertyless, inarticulate, marginal individuals who actually secured liberty for later generations."

-Dr. David J. Fowler,The David Library of the American Revolution

"Fascinating."

-Historical Journal of Massachusetts,

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Charles Patrick Neimeyer is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Central Oklahoma and former teacher at the Naval War College.


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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By RKCEK1@aol.com on June 6, 1998
Format: Paperback
One of the least covered areas of American History in our schools is the American Revolution. Most texts gloss over the war and primarily concentrate on the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the various other aspects of how we became a country. Very little, if any, space is devoted to the men and women who actually won our independence through their valor and sacrifice and we constantly harbor the impression that an intense patriotism belied their motivation. Dr. Neimeyer breaks through the myths of our revolutionary forefathers and gives us a superb social history of who our revolutionary forefathers were and what their motivation for serving was. This was our first army and the last time our military services were integrated until 1950. Dr. neimeyer goes into depth concerning the various etnnic groups who made up the army and shatters many of the myths we grew up with. A superb text to add to any American History curriculum or for anyone who would like a more in-depth study of our ancestors.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert Liles on April 18, 2001
Format: Paperback
Charles Patrick Neimeyer's "America Goes To War" was a well researched, documented, and written book. Neimeyer explains who served in the Continental Army, the reasons they served and the difficult lives the soldiers had. The text is annotated throughout with supporting evidence and an extensive bibliography gives the reader several sources for further study.
However Neimeyer's conclusions do have a leftest bias that caused this reader to question several of the interpretations of the information presented. Also very little of the warfare between the British and American armies was explored in this book and the affect it would have on the social history of the American Army.
Over all this is a good book to understand the men who served in the Continental Army and some of the reasons why.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeff on February 12, 2001
Format: Paperback
Put simply, this book provides an excellent illustration of those served in the Continental Army. This book received one poor review from a reader that approached the book with his own agenda and ignoring the author's clearly stated intention. Neimeyer sets out to "show who served in the army during the Revolution, and why." He has done an excellent job.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 3, 1998
Format: Hardcover
The American Revolution was won by an army of "dirty rif-raf" who stayed with the program even though starved, half-naked, unpaid, and disrespected by upper-class officers and politicians. Neimeyer ignores the smartly-uniformed "rebels" of the legends. When facts become legend, print the facts.
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