The Scratch of a Pen: 1763 and the Transformation of North America

The Scratch of a Pen: 1763 and the Transformation of North America

by Colin G. Calloway

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ISBN-13: 9780195331271
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 09/24/2007
Series: Pivotal Moments in American History Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 582,217
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Colin G. Calloway is the John Kimball Jr. 1943 Professor of History and Native American Studies at Dartmouth University. His One Vast Winter Count received the Ray Allen Billington Prize, the Merle Curti Award, and many other prizes. It was also named one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of the Year.

Simon Vance, a former BBC Radio presenter and newsreader, is a full-time actor who has appeared on both stage and television. He has recorded over eight hundred audiobooks and has earned five coveted Audie Awards, and he has won fifty-seven Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine, which has named him a Golden Voice.

Table of Contents

Editor's Notexi
Acknowledgmentsxv
1763 Timelinexvi
Introduction: War, Peace, and Revolution3
1America and Americans in 176319
2Contested Lands47
Land and Freedom in Indian Country48
Emigrants and Settlers56
Speculators60
3The First War of Independence66
Pontiac's War67
The Settlers' War76
The Redcoats' War81
4Setting Boundaries92
A Line in the Mountains92
The Treaty of Augusta and the Southern Indians100
5Endings and Endurance in French America112
Quebec113
The Interior French122
6Louisiana Transfer and Mississippi Frontier133
A New Order in Lower Mississippi Indian Country134
Lingering French and Reluctant Spanish138
Frontier Defenses and Indian Power in the West142
7Exiles and Expulsions150
Leaving Florida152
Jesuit Expulsion and Acadian Reunion157
Epilogue: A Tale of Two Treaties165
Notes173
Index209

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ALincolnNut on LibraryThing 11 months ago
In American history, the year 1763 was a watershed. With the treaty ending the French and Indian War signed in Paris began a series of consequential decisions which seem to inexorably lead to the American Revolution. Historian Colin Calloway, professor at Dartmouth College, uses this momentous year to consider the broad context of life in the British controlled sections of North America, which he construes as a tipping point for the region.In "The Scratch of a Pen: 1763 and the Transformation of North America," a volume in the Oxford University Press series, "Pivotal Moments in American History," Calloway offers a panoramic snapshot of the various political and cultural interests in and around the British colonies in North America. In particular, he depicts a highly politicized environment in which several groups were simultaneously trying to gain the upper hand in the wake of the transfer of power ¿ at least on paper ¿ of the land between the Appalachian Mountains and the Mississippi River from French control to British.While others have described the variety of impulses among the American colonists, particularly those who hoped to settle across the mountains, few have offered much insight into the actions and maneuverings of the native Indian nations living in those lands. Calloway, with his expertise in Native American history, remedies this to offer a sophisticated and complex portrait of a geography disputed by American colonists, British, French, Spanish, and several Native American tribes. To use an anachronistic comparison (though one which seems to inform Calloway's analysis), the Cold War-like balance of power between the French and the British vanished after the 1763 treaty, creating a vacuum in which alliances shifted uneasily and with uncertainty.If the text is occasionally a little dense, this is mostly due to Calloway's goal of offering a portrait that is both comprehensive and condensed. The amount of information, including a fair number of biographical stories of key participants, presented in this slim volume is breathtaking. For those interested in the immediate prologue to the American Revolutionary War, this book is among a handful of necessary volumes, alongside those of Bernard Bailyn and the like.