American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804

American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804

by Alan Taylor


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American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804 by Alan Taylor

“Excellent . . . deserves high praise. Mr. Taylor conveys this sprawling continental history with economy, clarity, and vividness.”—Brendan Simms, Wall Street JournalThe 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: 187,876
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Alan Taylor is Thomas Jefferson Professor of History at the University of Virginia. He is the author of many acclaimed books in early American history and has twice been awarded the Pulitzer Prize in History. His most recent book, The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772–1832, won the Pulitzer Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award.

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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American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Judges 1700 by 2018 standards
PhillipBlancher More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of Taylor's work and this is among his best. The book casts aside 200+ years of rhetoric and bravado that is the "American" story and rips the band-aid off the true story of the founding of the United States and of the time period. Taylor pulls no punches, sugarcoats nothing. The US story is laid out, warts and all. Reading this book now with the election cycle ongoing, you can see in what ways the US has advanced since the 1700's. You also can see how many of the arguments still remain unresolved. Highly recommend this book to anyone interested in United States or British history. It is WELL worth the read.