American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804

American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804

by Alan Taylor

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Overview

“Excellent . . . deserves high praise. Mr. Taylor conveys this sprawling continental history with economy, clarity, and vividness.”—Brendan Simms, Wall Street Journal

The American Revolution is often portrayed as a high-minded, orderly event whose capstone, the Constitution, provided the nation its democratic framework. Alan Taylor, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, gives us a different creation story in this magisterial history. The American Revolution builds like a ground fire overspreading Britain’s colonies, fueled by local conditions and resistant to control. Emerging from the continental rivalries of European empires and their native allies, the revolution pivoted on western expansion as well as seaboard resistance to British taxes. When war erupted, Patriot crowds harassed Loyalists and nonpartisans into compliance with their cause. The war exploded in set battles like Saratoga and Yorktown and spread through continuing frontier violence.

The discord smoldering within the fragile new nation called forth a movement to concentrate power through a Federal Constitution. Assuming the mantle of “We the People,” the advocates of national power ratified the new frame of government. But it was Jefferson’s expansive “empire of liberty” that carried the revolution forward, propelling white settlement and slavery west, preparing the ground for a new conflagration.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393354768
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/26/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 704
Sales rank: 200,041
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Alan Taylor has twice won the Pulitzer Prize in History, most recently for The Internal Enemy, also a National Book Award finalist. He is Thomas Jefferson Foundation Professor of History at University of Virginia, and lives in Charlottesville.

Table of Contents

List of Maps xiii

List of Illustrations xv

Introduction 1

1 Colonies 11

2 Land 55

3 Slaves 91

4 Rebels 131

5 Allies 175

6 Loyalties 211

7 Wests 251

8 Oceans 281

9 Shocks 313

10 Republics 353

11 Partisans 395

12 Legacies 437

Acknowledgments 481

Chronology 485

Notes 497

Bibliography 609

Index 665

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