A Letter From The Publisher, Jun. 23, 1975

In the third volume of his prizewinning trilogy The Americans, Historian Daniel Boorstin described the American story as largely a process of "countless, little-noticed revolutions [occurring] not in the halls of legislatures or on battlefields or on the barricades but in homes and farms and factories and schools and stores." They were "so little noticed because they came so swiftly, because they touched Americans everywhere and every day."

In a broad sense, these cumulative revolutions are the collective subject of a special project that TIME inaugurates this week: a series of Bicentennial Essays...

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