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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Alfred Fabian Young  

Pen Name: Alfred F. Young

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-- Alfred Fabian Young on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=alfred+fabian+young


Illinois Connection

Alfred Young is a Professor Emeritus of History at Northern Illinois University.

Biographical and Professional Information

In retirement, he was Senior Research Fellow at the Newberry Library in Chicago, until 2005. Afterward, he published two biographies: one of Hewes, the other of Deborah Sampson, a woman soldier in the Revolution, as well as a collection of essays; two more books will be published in 2011. Dr. Young has received many prestigious awards, including a Distinguished Service Award from the Organization of American historians.


Published Works

  • The Shoemaker and the Tea Party: Memory and the American Revolution , Beacon Press, 2000
  • Masquerade: The Life and Times of Deborah Sampson, Continental Soldier, Vintage, 2005
  • Liberty Tree: Ordinary People and the American Revolution , NYU Press, 2006
  • We the People: Voices and Images of the New Nation (Critical Perspectives on the Past), Temple University Press, 1993


Selected Titles At Your Library

The shoemaker and the tea party :
ISBN: 0807054054. OCLC Number:

Beacon Press,. Boston, Mass. :. ©1999.

Award-winning historian Alfred F. Young unearths a rich story of the American Revolution with this account of George Robert Twelves Hewes, a Boston shoemaker who took part in such key events as the Boston Massacre and the Tea Party, and then served in the militia and as a seaman.

Masquerade :
ISBN: 0679761853. OCLC Number:

Vintage,. New York :. 2005.

The story of the woman who fought in the American Revolution passing as a man. Serving for seventeen months, she accomplished her deception by becoming an outstanding soldier. Young shows us why and how she carried it off. He reconstructs her early life as an indentured servant; her young adulthood as a weaver, teacher, and religious rebel; and her military career in the light infantry--consisting of dangerous duty that commanded constant vigilance--followed by service as an orderly to a general at West Point. Young also examines her postwar life as a wife and mother on a hardscrabble farm in Massachusetts, her collaboration on the book that made her a celebrity and sent her on a yearlong lecture tour through New England and New York in 1802-03, and her relentless and partially successful quest for veterans' benefits.--From publisher's description.

Liberty tree :
ISBN: 0814796850. OCLC Number:

New York University Press,. New York :. ©2006.

"With the publication of Liberty Tree, acclaimed historian Alfred F. Young presents a selection of his seminal writing as well as two provocative, never-before-published essays. Together, they take the reader on a journey through the American Revolution, exploring the role played by ordinary women and men (called, at the time, people out of doors) in shaping events during and after the Revolution, their impact on the Founding generation of the new American nation, and finally how this populist side of the Revolution has fared in public memory. Drawing on a wide range of sources, which include not only written documents but also material items like powder horns, and public rituals like parades and tarring and featherings, Young places ordinary Americans at the center of the Revolution. For example, in one essay he views the Constitution of 1787 as the result of an intentional accommodation by elites with non-elites, while another piece explores the process of ongoing negotiations would-be rulers conducted with the middling sort; women, enslaved African Americans, and Native Americans. Moreover, questions of history and modern memory are engaged by a compelling examination of icons of the Revolution, such as the pamphleteer Thomas Paine and Boston's Freedom Trail. For over forty years, history lovers, students, and scholars alike have been able to hear the voices and see the actions of ordinary people during the Revolutionary Era, thanks to Young's path-breaking work, which seamlessly blends sophisticated analysis with compelling and accessible prose. From his award-winning work on mechanics, or artisans, in the seaboard cities of the Northeast to the all but forgotten liberty tree, a major popular icon of the Revolution explored in depth for the first time, Young continues to astound readers as he forges new directions in the history of the American Revolution."--Publisher's website.

We the people :
ISBN: 0877229376. OCLC Number:

Temple University Press,. Philadelphia :. 1993.

Using such original sources as articles of clothing and tools, the authors present the ordinary men and women who helped to shape the new nation. They expand the time period by including a full generation beyond the Revolution, and they extend their examination geographically into the Old Northwest.


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