New Book Examines How History Formed U.S.

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Karen Ramsburg draws similarities between Smith Rebellion and today’s national standing

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In 1765, the first shots in the American Revolution were fired in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania. Known as the Smith Rebellion, this crucial turning point in American history set the stage for modern American politics. In her new book Smith Rebellion 1765 Gives Rise to Modern Politics (published by iUniverse), author Karen Ramsburg draws similarities between events in 1765 and the events that transpired in 2011.

Ramsburg became interested in history while saving a local historical landmark, the Justice William Smith house, in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania. “It became evident that there are two American histories and that historical threads that begin in our Revolution continue today in our modern politics.”

Smith Rebellion 1765 Gives Rise to Modern Politics tells the enlightening story of the uprising on the Pennsylvanian frontier and definitively shows how it laid the groundwork for the political maneuverings of today. Ramsburg details how the ensuing rebellion led to a definition of government as a contract between citizens to reject some of their natural rights in favor of a framework that would secure each man’s rights to life, liberty and property.

Smith Rebellion 1765 Gives Rise to Modern Politics showcases how the simple act of self-defense became the spark that created the nation and developed the first battle in a long, continuous class war still ongoing today.

About the Author
As a nurse, activist and mother, Karen Ramsburg became interested in history while trying to save a local historical landmark, the Justice William Smith house, in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania. She is running as an Independent candidate for Congress in Pennsylvania’s Ninth Congressional District in the 2012 election. Ramsburg was born in Frederick, Maryland, and resides in Mercersburg.

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