British Friends of the American Revolution

Overview

This volume is the culmination of Jerome Reich's research on conflicting political ideologies current in England and America during the second half of the eighteenth century and those English individuals who attempted - albeit unsuccessfully - to reconcile them. These short chapter studies profile a dozen British men and women who, for diverse reasons, consistently, sincerely, and successfully opposed the policy of the British government toward its thirteen colonies before and during the American Revolution and ...
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Overview

This volume is the culmination of Jerome Reich's research on conflicting political ideologies current in England and America during the second half of the eighteenth century and those English individuals who attempted - albeit unsuccessfully - to reconcile them. These short chapter studies profile a dozen British men and women who, for diverse reasons, consistently, sincerely, and successfully opposed the policy of the British government toward its thirteen colonies before and during the American Revolution and helped prepare the way for the recognition of the United States as an independent nation. Reich demonstrates how a mixture of political expediency, constitutional scruples, and a desire for reform at home led prominent British politicians, economists, and leaders of public opinion to sympathize with the colonial point of view after 1776. This book is ideal as a supplementary text for courses in colonial American history, the American Revolution, and U.S. constitutional history.
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Traces the motivations of prominent political figures in England who supported the American Revolution, in the context of political developments in 18th-century England and America. Paper edition (unseen), $21.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765600745
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/30/1997
  • Pages: 190
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Stage and the Players 3
2 Governor Pownall, Dean Tucker, and Major John Cartwright: Practical Idealists or Wishful Thinkers? 7
3 Pitt, Burke, and American Policy, 1763-1770 21
4 "Birds of a Feather": John Wilkes and John Horne Tooke 33
5 The "Honest Whigs" 40
6 The Coercive Acts and Their Opponents: A Study in Futility 50
7 A Dire Prediction 59
8 The House of Lords 74
9 Richard Price: Apostle of Liberty 90
10 The Single Legal Victim of the American Revolution 105
11 Dean Tucker: He Told Them So! 112
12 Governor Pownall Fights to the Finish 119
13 David Hartley: Amateur Diplomat 127
14 Charles James Fox: The Life of the Party 139
15 "Peace, Peace, When There Is No Peace" 154
16 Summary and Conclusions 164
Bibliography 173
Index 179
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