Ricardo A. Herrera
For Liberty and the Republic
The American Citizen as Soldier, 1775-1861
New York University Press 2015
Citizenship, identity, and legitimacy are the cornerstones of Ricardo A. Herrera’s book, For Liberty and the Republic: The American Citizen as Soldier, 1775-1861 (New York University Press, 2015). Drawing from hundreds of letters, memoirs, editorials, and contemporary books, Herrera examines why America’s first generations of soldiers–regulars, volunteers, and militia–were compelled to serve, and how they drew significant lessons about the Republic and their place in it.