About the Author
Gary B. Nash received his Ph.D. from Princeton University. He is currently Director of the National Center for History in the Schools at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he teaches colonial and revolutionary American History. Among the books Nash has authored are Quakers and Politics: Pennsylvania, 1681-1726 (1968); Red, White, and Black: The Peoples of Early America (1974, 1982, 1992, 2000); The Urban Crucible: Social Change, Political Consciousness, and the Origins of the American Revolution (1979); Forging Freedom: The Formation of Philadelphia’s Black Community, 1720-1840 (1988); First City: Philadelphia and the Forging of Historical Memory (2002); and The Unknown American Revolution: The Unruly Birth of Democracy and the Struggle to Create America (2005). A former president of the Organization of American Historians, his scholarship is especially concerned with the role of common people in the making of history.