American Rebels: How the Hancock, Adams, and Quincy Families Fanned the Flames of Revolution

American Rebels: How the Hancock, Adams, and Quincy Families Fanned the Flames of Revolution

by Nina Sankovitch


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Nina Sankovitch’s American Rebels explores, for the first time, the intertwined lives of the Hancock, Quincy, and Adams families, and the role each person played in sparking the American Revolution.

Before they were central figures in American history, John Hancock, John Adams, Josiah Quincy Junior, Abigail Smith Adams, and Dorothy Quincy Hancock had forged intimate connections during their childhood in Braintree, Massachusetts. Raised as loyal British subjects who quickly saw the need to rebel, their collaborations against the Crown and Parliament were formed years before the revolution and became stronger during the period of rising taxes and increasing British troop presence in Boston. Together, the families witnessed the horrors of the Boston Massacre, the Battles of Lexington and Concord, and Bunker Hill; the trials and tribulations of the Siege of Boston; meetings of the Continental Congress; transatlantic missions for peace and their abysmal failures; and the final steps that led to the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

American Rebels explores how the desire for independence cut across class lines, binding people together as well as dividing them—rebels versus loyalists—as they pursued commonly-held goals of opportunity, liberty, and stability. Nina Sankovitch's new book is a fresh history of our revolution that makes readers look more closely at Massachusetts and the small town of Braintree when they think about the story of America’s early years.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250163288
Publisher: St. Martin''s Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/24/2020
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 78,237
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Nina Sankovitch is the author of several nonfiction books, including American Rebels and The Lowells of Massachusetts. She has written for the New York Times, the Huffington Post as a contributing blogger, and was formerly a judge for The Book of the Month Club. A graduate of Tufts University and Harvard Law School, Sankovitch grew up in Evanston, Illinois, and currently lives in Connecticut with her family.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Part One: Tinder (1744 – 1764)

Prologue: A Funeral in Braintree

Chapter 1: Founding a Village

Chapter 2: The Education of Boys

Chapter 3: Worldly Goods, Heavenly Debates

Chapter 4: The Education of Girls

Chapter 5: Changing Fortunes

Chapter 6: Colonial Enthusiasms

Part Two: Spark (1765 – 1773)

Chapter 7: The Mobs of Boston

Chapter 8: Warmest Lovers of Liberty

Chapter 9: A Watchful Spirit

Chapter 10: The Arrival of Troops

Chapter 11: Portents of a Comet

Chapter 12: Pressing Forward

Chapter 13: Mayhem and Massacre

Chapter 14: On Trial

Chapter 15: Retreat to Braintree

Chapter 16: Patriots Assemble

Chapter 17: Branching Out

Chapter 18: Anxiety and Apprehensions

Chapter 19: Tea, that Baneful Weed

Part Three: Flame (1774 – 1776)

Chapter 20: Rocks and Quick Sands on Every Side

Chapter 21: Punishment and Indignation

Chapter 22: Grand Object of Their View

Chapter 23: In the Cause of Liberty

Chapter 24: On this Island, this England

Chapter 25: Sharpening Quills and Swords

Chapter 26: Ship in a Storm

Chapter 27: Lexington and Concord

Chapter 28: Clouds Over Boston

Chapter 29: The Unhappy Contest

Chapter 30: Complications of Evil and Misfortune

Chapter 31: Surrender of Boston

Chapter 32: Debating Separation

Chapter 33: The Signature of Independence

Epilogue: Friends to Mankind

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American Rebels: How the Hancock, Adams, and Quincy Families Fanned the Flames of Revolution 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Tangen 3 days ago
US history, historical-places-events, historical-research, historical-setting, historical-figures I was kind of afraid that this would turn out to be as exciting as "the begats" of the Bible. No! It is infinitely more interesting and well written but just as meticulously researched. It does have fun with the begats as necessary to understand the entwining of the families noted in the publisher's blurb but also the individuals, their religious and political proclivities that embodied the reasons for their involvement in the coming division with England even as these attitudes were evident almost since their arrival in North America. Don't get me wrong, it is very readable! But I am part of a family of history geeks who used to be involved in reenacting the American Revolution. I loved the reading of it and learned a lot, but if I buy a print copy it will walk away, so I will get the audiobook for my personal use. I requested and received a free ebook copy from St Martin's Press via NetGalley. Thank you!