American Insurgents, American Patriots: The Revolution of the People / Edition 1
  • American Insurgents, American Patriots: The Revolution of the People / Edition 1
  • American Insurgents, American Patriots: The Revolution of the People / Edition 1

American Insurgents, American Patriots: The Revolution of the People / Edition 1

by T. H. Breen
     
 

Before there could be a revolution, there was a rebellion; before patriots, there were insurgents. Challenging and displacing decades of received wisdom, T. H. Breen's strikingly original book explains how ordinary Americans--most of them members of farm families living in small communities--were drawn into a successful insurgency against imperial authority.

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Before there could be a revolution, there was a rebellion; before patriots, there were insurgents. Challenging and displacing decades of received wisdom, T. H. Breen's strikingly original book explains how ordinary Americans--most of them members of farm families living in small communities--were drawn into a successful insurgency against imperial authority.

A few celebrated figures in the Continental Congress do not make for a revolution. It requires tens of thousands of ordinary men and women willing to sacrifice, kill, and be killed. Breen not only gives the history of these ordinary Americans but, drawing upon a wealth of rarely seen documents, restores their primacy to American independence. Mobilizing two years before the Declaration of Independence, American insurgents in all thirteen colonies concluded that resistance to British oppression required organized violence against the state. They channeled popular rage through elected committees of safety and observation, which before 1776 were the heart of American resistance. American Insurgents, American Patriots is the stunning account of the insurgency that led to the nation's founding.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809075881
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
05/11/2010
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.46(w) x 9.36(h) x 1.16(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Revolutionary World of Matthew Patten 3

1 The Face of Colonial Society 21

2 Ghost Stories in a Time of Political Crisis 52

3 Revenge of the Countryside 76

4 Reaching Out to Others 99

5 The Power of Rumor: The Day the British Destroyed Boston 129

6 The Association: The Second Stage of Insurgency 160

7 Schools of Revolution 185

8 Insurgents in Power 207

9 An Appeal to Heaven: Religion and Rights 241

10 Endgames of Empire 275

Notes 301

Acknowledgments 325

Index 327

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