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Phillips, Kevin, 1940-
1775 : a good year for revolution / Kevin Phillips
Alternate Title Seventeen seventy-five
Good year for revolution
New York : Viking, c2012
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 3rd Floor  E231 .P55 2012    AVAILABLE
Subject United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783
United States -- Politics and government -- 1775-1783
Subject(s) Lexington, Battle of, Lexington, Mass., 1775
Concord, Battle of, Concord, Mass., 1775
Subject Boston (Mass.) -- History -- Siege, 1775-1776
Fort Ticonderoga (N.Y.) -- Capture, 1775
United States. Continental Congress
Paine, Thomas, 1737-1809. Common sense
Physical Description xxvi, 628 p. [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [551]-604) and index
Contents Introduction. The spirit of 1775 -- The Revolution : provocations, motivations, and alignments. Liberty's vanguard ; Religion, ethnicity, and revolutionary loyalty ; A revolution for economic self-determination ; Urban radicalism and the tide of revolution ; Challenge from the backcountry ; The ideologies of revolution -- 1775 : the battlegrounds. Fortress New England? ; Declaring economic war ; Five roads to Canada ; The global munitions struggle, 1774-1776 ; The supply war at sea ; The first British southern strategy, 1775-1776 ; Is Falmouth burning? ; Red, white, and black ; Divided national opinion and Britain's need to hire mercenaries ; The Chesapeake : America's vulnerable estuary ; The American Revolution as a civil war ; The Declaration of Independence : a stitch in time? -- Consequences and ramifications. The Battle of Boston : a great American victory ; Canada : defeat or victory? ; Lord Dunmore's second war ; Whaleboats, row galleys, schooners, and submarines : the small-ship origins of the U.S. Navy ; Europe, the Bourbon Compact, and the American Revolution ; The southern expedition of 1775 and the limitations of British power ; 1775 : a good year for revolution
Summary In this book the author, a historian punctures the myth that 1776 was the watershed year of the American Revolution. He suggests that the great events and confrontations of 1775 such as Congress's belligerent economic ultimatums to Britain, New England's 'rage militaire,' the exodus of British troops and expulsion of royal governors up and down the seaboard, and the new provincial congresses and hundreds of local committees that quickly reconstituted local authority in Patriot hands, achieved a sweeping Patriot control of territory and local government that Britain was never able to overcome

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