Cradle of Violence How Boston's Waterfront Mobs Ignited the American Revolution

ISBN-10: 0471675512

ISBN-13: 9780471675518

Edition: 2006

Authors: Russell Bourne

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When historians call Boston the "Cradle of Liberty," they usually credit Bostonians such as John Adams. But, as Russell Bourne argues in this fascinating book, it was not John Adams (who actually defended British soldiers in the aftermath of the 1770 Boston Massacre), but his cousin Sam Adams and the members of Boston's waterfront gangs who were at the vanguard of anti-British resistance. Bringing to life incidents such as the Stamp Act riots of 1765 and the Boston Tea Party of 1773, as well as many earlier actions that gave rise to the port's tradition of rebellion, Bourne shows how the language and actions of Boston's mobs became the template for America's revolution. Russell Bourne (Ithaca, NY, and Castine, ME) is the author of eight previous histories, including Gods of War, Gods of Peace: How the Meeting of Native and Colonial Religions Shaped Early America (0-15-100501-X).
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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/1/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.166

Russell Bourne is the author of several books on American and Native American history and has worked as an editor at American Heritage and the Smithsonian Institution. He is a member of the Institute for American Indian Studies and lives in Ithaca, New York, and Castine, Maine.

Preface: Boston's "Jack Tars" and the Birth of Rebellion
The Ancient Ideal of Seamen's Equality
The Maritime Origins of a Mutinous Town
The Seaport's First Revolt
The Rising of the Mobs
The South End Gang and the Stamp Act
The Sailors' Liberty Tree
Waterfront Uprisings before the Revolution
Tar, Feathers, and Terror
A Dockside Riot and the Massacre
The Maritime Workers' Tea Party
The Fighting Spirit of a Besieged Boston
Epilogue: "Public Liberty": An Enduring Dream
Acknowledgments, Sources, and Interpretations
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