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: 105,914
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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