The Ordeal of Thomas Hutchinson

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Overview


“This book,” Mr. Bailyn writes, “depicts the fortunes of a conservative in a time of radical upheaval and deals with problems of public disorder and ideological commitment.” It is at the same time a dramatic account of the origins of the American Revolution from the viewpoint, not of the winners who became the Founding Fathers, but of the losers, the Loyalists. By portraying the ordeal of the last civilian royal governor of Massachusetts, Mr. Bailyn explains “what the human reality was against which the victors struggled” and in doing so makes the story of the Revolution fuller and more comprehensible.
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Editorial Reviews

Times Literary Supplement

Professor Bailyn has written a biography that is a work of art: exquisitely written, delicate in insight, and imbued with a wisdom about men and affairs that is the true hallmark of a great historian.
— J. H. Plumb

History

As political biography, The Ordeal of Thomas Hutchinson is without equal in the voluminous literature on the Revolution. No other public figure of the Revolution has found such skillful and sensitive attention.
— Jack P. Greene

Reviews in American History

Writing this kind of history requires discipline, imagination, and sensitivity, and it presupposes that there is an inner world of intellect and of moral and emotional sensibility which is intimately responsive to external events... His probing, taut yet luminous prose weaves together into a single fabric finished explanations, analyses of evidence, flashes of insight, and intuitive understandings. A triumph of historical and literary artistry...The Ordeal of Thomas Hutchinson is that rare achievement which is at once original and nearly definitive, masterful and provocative.
— Robert M. Calhoon

Times Literary Supplement - J. H. Plumb
Professor Bailyn has written a biography that is a work of art: exquisitely written, delicate in insight, and imbued with a wisdom about men and affairs that is the true hallmark of a great historian.
History - Jack P. Greene
As political biography, The Ordeal of Thomas Hutchinson is without equal in the voluminous literature on the Revolution. No other public figure of the Revolution has found such skillful and sensitive attention.
Reviews in American History - Robert M. Calhoon
Writing this kind of history requires discipline, imagination, and sensitivity, and it presupposes that there is an inner world of intellect and of moral and emotional sensibility which is intimately responsive to external events... His probing, taut yet luminous prose weaves together into a single fabric finished explanations, analyses of evidence, flashes of insight, and intuitive understandings. A triumph of historical and literary artistry...The Ordeal of Thomas Hutchinson is that rare achievement which is at once original and nearly definitive, masterful and provocative.
J. H. Plumb
Professor Bailyn has written a biography that is a work of art: exquisitely written, delicate in insight and imbued with a wisdom about men and affairs that is the true hallmark of a great historian.
Times Literary Suppliment
Jack P. Greene
As political biography, it is without equal in the voluminous literature on the Revolution. No other public figure of the Revolution has yet found such skillful and sensitive attention.
History
Robert M. Calhoon
Writing this kind of history requires discipline, imagination, and sensitivity, and it presupposes that there is an inner world of intellect and of moral and emotional sensibility which is intimately responsive to external events…His probing, taut yet luminous prose weaves together into a single fabric finished explanations, analyses of evidence, flashes of insight, and intuitive understanding. A triumph of historical and literary artistry…The Ordeal of Thomas Hutchinson is that rare achievement which is at once original and really definitive, masterful and provocative.
Reviews in American History)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674641617
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1976
  • Pages: 466
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Bernard Bailyn is Adams University Professor, Emeritus, and Director of the International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World, Harvard University. He is the author of numerous books, including The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution (Pulitzer and Bancroft Prizes) and The Ordeal of Thomas Hutchinson (National Book Award), both published by Harvard.
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Table of Contents

  • Preface
  1. Success of the Acquisitive Man:
    Portrait of the Provincial Bourgeois
  2. The Face of Revolution
  3. Law and Order, Liberty and Empire
  4. The Furies
  5. The Captive
  6. The Failure of Reason
  7. The “Scape-Goat”
  8. Exile
  9. World's End
  • Epilogue
  • Hutchinson Genealogy
  • Appendix. The Losers: Notes on the Historiography of Loyalism
  • Note on the Hutchinson Manuscripts
  • Index

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