Take the Revolutionary War. Our nation owes its independence to farmers in mud-caked boots as much as to the famous “Founding Fathers” in dress suits and wigs. The United States was created not by isolated acts of individual achievement but by the revolutionary activities of people who had learned the power of collective action. This rich and very democratic heritage remains untapped because our founding myths, warmed-over morality tales conjured in the nineteenth century, have hidden it from view. His site contains some interesting material, including a Teacher's Guide, a Rate Your Textbook section (How do you know your text is telling the truth? Click on the title of a textbook, and you will see a page-by-page breakdown of the “founding myths” it perpetuates.), and yes, there will be a quiz! Also, there is a recent interview with him - steaming wma, download mp3.
Ray Raphael , people’s historian. Real people, not paper heroes, make history. That’s why people’s history is so important — but myths we accept as truth have kept common people from assuming center stage. Ray Raphael, author of twelve books, has been a “people’s historian” for the past thirty years.