War and Society in the American Revolution: Mobilization and Home Fronts

Paperback (Print)
Buy Used
Buy Used from BN.com
(Save 33%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $6.36
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 71%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (11) from $6.36   
  • New (4) from $21.41   
  • Used (7) from $6.36   


The War for Independence touched virtually every American. It promised liberty, the opportunity for a better life, and the excitement of the battlefield. It also brought disappointment, misery, and mourning. In this collection of original essays that highlight the variety and richness of recent research, eleven leading historians investigate the diverse experiences of Americans from North to South, from coast to backcountry, from white townsfolk to African American slaves.

Revolutionary ideology may have inspired some soldiers in the Continental Army, but as the case studies in this volume document, the men of New England also weighed family commitments, economic concerns, and local politics when deciding whether or not to enlist in the militia. Slaves joined the army believing the war would bring them personal freedom while women served as auxiliaries or as camp followers. Those left behind defended the home front—unless the war took their homes and made them refugees. On the frontier, politically astute Native Americans weighed the relative advantages to themselves before deciding to support the patriots or the Crown.

By bringing together the perspectives of soldiers, women, African Americans, and American Indians, War and Society in the American Revolution gives readers a fuller sense of the meaning of this historical moment. At the same time, these essays show that instead of unifying Americans, the war actually exacerbated social divisions, leaving unresolved the inequalities and tensions that would continue to trouble the new nation.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A valuable addition to scholarship about the American Revolution ... deserves a wide academic readership."—The Journal of American History

“This important collection of essays showcases many of the extraordinary ways in which a conflict that began as a colonial rebellion eventually generated an American revolution.”—American Historical Review

“Some of the best new scholarship on the American Revolutionary War. Readers ... will find A collection from some of the best scholars in the field.”—Military History

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780875806143
  • Publisher: Northern Illinois University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 326
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface—War and Society in the American Revolution: Mobilization and Home Fronts John Resch and Walter Sargent
Introduction—Looking Backward, Looking Forward: War and Society in Revolutionary America John Shy
Part I—Soldiers: Motivation and Mobilization
1—"Town Born, Turn Out": Town Militias, Tories, and the Struggle for Control of the Massachusetts Backcountry Charles Neimeyer
2—The Massachusetts Rank and File of 1777 Walter Sargent
3—The Revolution as a People's War: Mobilization in New Hampshire John Resch
4—"Fit for Common Service?": Class, Race, and Recruitment in Revolutionary Virginia Michael A. McDonnell
5—Claiming Their Due: African Americans in the Revolutionary War and Its Aftermath Judith L. Van Buskirk
Part II—Communities: Retribution, Allies, and Women at War
6—Restraint and Retaliation: The North Carolina Militias and the Backcountry War of 1780-1782 Wayne E. Lee
7—Incompatible Allies: Loyalists, Slaves, and Indians in Revolutionary South Carolina Jim Piecuch
8—The Dilemmas of Alliance: The Oneida Indian Nation in the American Revolution Karim M. Tiro
9—Wives, Concubines, and Community: Following the Army Holly A. Mayer
10—"we bear the Yoke with a reluctant impatience": The War for Independence and Virginia's Displaced Women Joan R. Gundersen
Historiographic Essay
11—Changing Meanings of the American Revolution: An Overview, 1789-2006 John Resch and Walter Sargent
List of Contributors

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)