American Insurgents, American Patriots: The Revolution of the People

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 11 de mai. de 2010 - 352 páginas

Before there could be a revolution, there was a rebellion; before patriots, there were insurgents. Challenging and displacing decades of received wisdom, T. H. Breen's strikingly original book explains how ordinary Americans—most of them members of farm families living in small communities—were drawn into a successful insurgency against imperial authority. This is the compelling story of our national political origins that most Americans do not know. It is a story of rumor, charity, vengeance, and restraint. American Insurgents, American Patriots reminds us that revolutions are violent events. They provoke passion and rage, a willingness to use violence to achieve political ends, a deep sense of betrayal, and a strong religious conviction that God expects an oppressed people to defend their rights. The American Revolution was no exception.

A few celebrated figures in the Continental Congress do not make for a revolution. It requires tens of thousands of ordinary men and women willing to sacrifice, kill, and be killed. Breen not only gives the history of these ordinary Americans but, drawing upon a wealth of rarely seen documents, restores their primacy to American independence. Mobilizing two years before the Declaration of Independence, American insurgents in all thirteen colonies concluded that resistance to British oppression required organized violence against the state. They channeled popular rage through elected committees of safety and observation, which before 1776 were the heart of American resistance. American Insurgents, American Patriots is the stunning account of their insurgency, without which there would have been no independent republic as we know it.

 

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If you study popular books on the American Revolution, it's easy to come away with the idea that the Revolution was led by the 56 men, give or take a few that were taking care of business elsewhere ... Ler resenha completa

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A noted historian tells the overlooked "people's story" of the American Revolution.Casting a new light on the origins of the struggle for independence, Breen (American History/Northwestern Univ.; The ... Ler resenha completa

Conteúdo

The Revolutionary World of Matthew Patten
3
1 The Face of Colonial Society
21
2 Ghost Stories in a Time of Political Crisis
52
3 Revenge of the Countryside
76
4 Reaching Out to Others
99
The Day the British Destroyed Boston
129
The Second Stage of Insurgency
160
7 Schools of Revolution
185
8 Insurgents in Power
207
Religion and Rights
241
10 Endgames of Empire
275
Notes
301
Acknowledgments
325
Index
327
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T. H. Breen is the William Smith Mason Professor of American History at Northwestern University. The author of several works of history, Breen has also written for The New York Times Magazine, the London Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, and The New York Times Book Review. He lives in Evanston, Illinois.

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