"DON'T TREAD ON ME: Photographs and Life Stories of American Revolutionaries," by Joe Bauman, ebook, $2.99, 243 pages (nf)
Most Americans begin learning about the Revolutionary War period sometime in elementary school, with additional coursework completed throughout high school and college. For many, only the most notable or famous are remembered.
Paul Revere’s Ride. Washington’s crossing of the Delaware. The Boston Tea Party — all of these are events are ingrained into our nation’s collective history. Most people can give the basic details of events of this magnitude. But for every Washington and Revere, there are hundreds of people that helped America gain its independence.
The ebook “Don’t Tread on Me: Photographs and Life Stories of American Revolutionaries” delves deeper into the personal life stories of eight American patriots who are not even mentioned in textbooks and history class curriculum. Written by Joseph M. Bauman, who worked at the Deseret News as a reporter for more than 35 years, this book details only a small amount of the stories of the hundreds of unknown revolutionary fighters.
Bauman acquired very rare daguerreotype photographs of Americans from the Revolutionary War period and, using his background as a newspaper reporter and journalist, he exhaustively researched each individual to gain as much information about their stories and experiences during the war. Bauman also included in the book is as much important information about each of their lives pre-war and post-war.
Throughout the book, Bauman takes into account the hardships of living in the Revolutionary War period and shows that some things were never easy, such as gaining pension payments after service was completed in the fight for independence.
Many readers of this book will find the pictures and images most fascinating, as this type of photography wasn’t widely available until years after the completion of the War for Independence. This makes the images in this book extremely rare, as most soldiers and citizens of the time had passed away by the time that the photographs would have been captured.
Overall, this is an excellent book for history buffs and casual historians alike. Even people that are interested more in genealogy will enjoy this book as an insight into the untold stories of Americans in the 1700s. Hopefully more authors will be inspired to put out works like Bauman did, in order to show the spirit of the lesser-known Americans of the time.
Landon Walters is a history and political science major currently studying at Salt Lake Community College. He is an avid sports fan and loves writing. His email is [email protected].