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THE AMERICAN CHARACTER

Urban-centrism makes a footnote of rural impact

July 9, 2008

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FAR BE it for a born-and-bred country boy to quibble with a Harvard professor, but Edward L. Glaeser's paean to the urban roots of American democracy ("Revolution of urban rebels," Op-ed, July 4) obscures a less ennobling fact about the Revolution: Most militiamen who fought and perished for the colonial cause were conscripted into service from outlying farmlands and rural ... (Full article: 153 words)

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