American Revolution: People and Perspectives, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1851097082
  • ISBN-13: 9781851097081
  • DDC: 973.3
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 323 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2007 | Published/Released June 2010
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2007

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Moving beyond traditional texts, this revealing volume explores the world of the average citizens who played an integral part in the Revolutionary era of American history. History books are filled with the words and exploits of America's founding fathers: Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, and Madison. But what about the farmers and slaves? The women and children? What of those citizens who opposed independence? This comprehensive work reveals that they all had their own distinctive parts to play in the emergence of the United States.

American Revolution features the work of 14 accomplished social historians, whose findings are adding new dimensions to our understanding of the Revolutionary era. But some of the most fascinating contributions to this volume come from the people themselves - the anecdotes, letters, diaries, journalism, and other documents that convey the experiences of the full spectrum of American society in the mid- to late-18th century (including women, African Americans, Native Americans, immigrants, soldiers, children, laborers, Quakers, sailors, and farmers).

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Editorial Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Series Introduction.
About the Editor and Contributors.
1: Independence on the Land: Small Farmers and the American Revolution.
2: An “Epidemical Fury of Emigration”: The Flight of the Non-English into the Colonies on the Eve of the American Revolutionary War.
3: “Self-Evident Truths”on Trial: African Americans in the American Revolution.
4: “The Times Have Turned Everything Topside Down”: Native Americans and the American Revolution.
5: Redcoats, Regulators, and the Rattletrap: The Backcountry Experience during the American Revolution.
6: “Born in the Midst of Bloodshed and Battles”: Children during the American Revolution.
7: “An Exceeding Dirty and Nasty People”: Enlisted Men in the Continental Army.
8: “Both Parties Trembled for the Ark of God”: Transatlantic Methodism and the American Revolution.
9: “This Time of Deep Affliction and Difficulty”: The Society of Friends and the American Revolution.
10: A Sea of Rebellion: Maritime Workers in the Age of the American Revolution.
11: Ladies of Liberty: The Lives of Women during the American Revolution.
12: “Allegiance to a Fall'n Lord”: The Loyalist Experience in the American Revolution.
13: Primary Documents.
14: Reference.