Thomas Hutchinson and the Origins of the American Revolution

Thomas Hutchinson and the Origins of the American Revolution

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by Andrew Stephen Walmsley
     
 

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ISBN-10: 081479341X

ISBN-13: 9780814793411

Pub. Date: 12/01/1998

Publisher: New York University Press

Rarely in American history has a political figure been so pilloried and despised as Thomas Hutchinson, Governor of Massachusetts and an ardent loyalist of the Crown in the days leading up to the American revolution.

In this narrative and analytic life of Hutchinson, the first since Bernard Bailyn's Pulitzer-Prize-winning biography a quarter century ago, Andrew

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Rarely in American history has a political figure been so pilloried and despised as Thomas Hutchinson, Governor of Massachusetts and an ardent loyalist of the Crown in the days leading up to the American revolution.

In this narrative and analytic life of Hutchinson, the first since Bernard Bailyn's Pulitzer-Prize-winning biography a quarter century ago, Andrew Stephen Walmsley traces Hutchinson's decline from well- respected member of Boston's governing class to America's leading object of revolutionary animus. Walmsley argues that Hutchinson, rather than simply a victim of his inability to understand the passions associated with a revolutionary movement, was in fact defeated in a classic political and personal struggle for power. No mere sycophant for the British, Hutchinson was keenly aware of how much he had to lose if revolutionary forces prevailed, which partially explains his evolution from near- Whig to intransigent loyalist. His consequent vilification became a vehicle through which the growing patriot movement sought to achieve legitimacy.

An entertaining and thought-provoking view of revolutionary events from the perspective of the losing side, Thomas Hutchinson and the Origins of the American Revolution tells the story of the American Revolution through the prism of one of its most famous detractors.

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ISBN-13:
9780814793411
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
12/01/1998
Series:
American Social Experience Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

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I had the pleasure of having Dr. Walmsley as a professor in college. This book truly takes the short, tyranous version portraid about Thomas Hutchinson in college history and shows the more realistic side of a man that was truly loyal when loyal wasn't popular! I recommend this book and the teacher that wrote it! Thanks for an inspirational semester, Dr. Walmsley!!