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The Ordeal of Thomas Hutchinson

The Ordeal of Thomas Hutchinson

by Bernard BailynBernard Bailyn
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“This book,” Bernard 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674641617
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 01/01/1976
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 391,364
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

Bernard Bailyn was Adams University Professor, Emeritus, and James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History, Emeritus, at Harvard University.

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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