American Insurgents, American Patriots The Revolution of the People

ISBN-10: 0809024799
ISBN-13: 9780809024797
Edition: 2011
Authors: T. H. Breen
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Book details

List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 5/10/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

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 Americansmost of them members of farm families living in small communitieswere drawn into a successful insurgency against imperial authority. 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 Patriotsis the stunning account of the insurgency that led to the nation's founding.

Introduction: The Revolutionary World of Matthew Patten
The Face of Colonial Society
Ghost Stories in a Time of Political Crisis
Revenge of the Countryside
Reaching Out to Others
The Power of Rumor: The Day the British Destroyed Boston
The Association: The Second Stage of Insurgency
Schools of Revolution
Insurgents in Power
An Appeal to Heaven: Religion and Rights
Endgames of Empire
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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