In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Ray Raphael (shown,right), author of The First American Revolution: Before Lexington and Concord. Joining him toward the end of the interview, is Bill Wallace (shown,left) , executive director of the Worcester Historical Museum. They talk about the Worcester Revolution of 1774. This episode aired originally on April 20, 2014.
Over the last decade Ray Raphael has emerged as one of our leading writers on the birth of the United States. In 2001, his acclaimed People’s History of the American Revolution widened history’s lens to include those not generally present in tales of our nation’s founding. In 2002, The First American Revolution: Before Lexington and Concord led to marked rethinking about the Revolution’s beginnings in academic circles. In 2004, Founding Myths: Stories that Hide Our Patriotic Past established new standards for future renderings of our nation’s birth.
Five years later, in 2009, Ray incorporated his work into an original synthesis featuring seven diverse characters, titled Founders: The People Who Brought You a Nation. And in 2011, he was asked to create another broad synthesis for a different audience, titled The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Founding Fathers and the Birth of Our Nation. Also in 2011, with Gary Nash and Alfred Young, he co-edited a book of biographical essays from 22 noted scholars, titled Revolutionary Founders: Rebels, Radicals, and Reformers in the Making of the Nation.
The next year, 2012,Ray focused on the historical context of the Constitution, with the publication of Mr. President: How and Why the Founders Created a Chief Executive. And in 2013, he set the historical record straight – and sounded the call for reasoned, evidence-driven discussions and interpretations – regarding our founding document, with the publication of Constitutional Myths: What We Get Wrong and How to Get It Right .
On March 13, Ray visited the Worcester Historical Museum to give a talk as part of the Museum’s Worcester Revolution of 1774 celebration. The recognition of Worcester County’s role in the American Revolution began last fall and runs through September 7, 2014. It includes activities across the cultural and historical organizations of Worcester and the 37 towns that participated in the Worcester Revolution of 1774.