The Ordeal of Thomas Hutchinson

The Ordeal of Thomas Hutchinson

by Bernard Bailyn
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The Ordeal of Thomas Hutchinson

“This book,” Mr. Bailyn writes, “depicts the fortunes of a conservative in a time of radical upheaval and deals with problems of public disorder and ideological commitment.” It is at the same time a dramatic account of the origins of the American Revolution from the viewpoint, not of the winners who became the Founding Fathers, but of the losers, the Loyalists. By portraying the ordeal of the last civilian royal governor of Massachusetts, Mr. Bailyn explains “what the human reality was against which the victors struggled” and in doing so makes the story of the Revolution fuller and more comprehensible.

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ISBN-13: 9780674641617
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 01/01/1976
Pages: 466
Sales rank: 817,185
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  1. Success of the Acquisitive Man:
    Portrait of the Provincial Bourgeois
  2. The Face of Revolution
  3. Law and Order, Liberty and Empire
  4. The Furies
  5. The Captive
  6. The Failure of Reason
  7. The “Scape-Goat”
  8. Exile
  9. World's End
  • Epilogue
  • Hutchinson Genealogy
  • Appendix. The Losers: Notes on the Historiography of Loyalism
  • Note on the Hutchinson Manuscripts
  • Index

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