In December 1793, the editor of the Kentucky Almanach, one of the first books published in the state, offered readers an “American Prayer for France,” hailing the “heroes brave” who had overthrown their king and promised freedom to their fellow citizens. Today, the story of the French Revolution still has much to tell American readers about the origins of our modern ideas of freedom and equality and the difficulties of protecting them. Written for a general audience, A New World Begins: The History of the French Revolution introduces readers not just to familiar aspects of this story, like the storming of the Bastille and the Reign of Terror, but to the debates about women’s rights and the abolition of slavery that make the Revolution a precursor of the issues that concern us today.
Meet the Author
Jeremy Popkin is the William T. Bryan Chair of History at the University of Kentucky, where he has taught since 1978. A New World Begins: The History of the French Revolution brings together more than forty years of research, writing, and teaching about the French Revolution.