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The African Americans’ Revolution  

Gary B. Nash

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The American Revolution played an important role in African Americans' quest for freedom. It marked the first mass rebellion by slaves in American history, gave rise to the first civil ... More

The British Army and the War of Independence  

Stephen R. Conway

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During the American Revolution, Britain relied primarily on its army to subdue the rebellious colonies. At its peak, the British army in North America had approximately 50,000 officers and ... More

The Continental Army  

Caroline Cox

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During the American Revolution, tens of thousands of men served in the Continental army to fight Britain and became skilled professionals in the process. These soldiers formed deep bonds ... More

Funding the Revolution: Monetary and Fiscal Policy in Eighteenth-Century America  

Stephen Mihm

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The success of the Federalists in the late 1780s had a profound influence on how Americans viewed the relationship between military spending, taxation, and the monetary system. For almost ... More

Loyalism  

Edward Larkin

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Loyalism was a dominant theme of the American Revolution. Most loyalists were ordinary Americans who wished to remain connected to the British Empire. Over the past 200 years, the numbers ... More

Native Peoples in the Revolutionary War  

Jane T. Merritt

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The relationship between native peoples and the emerging United States during the era of the American Revolution was a complicated one. From the onset of Lord Dunmore's War in 1774 to the ... More

The Revolutionary War and Europe’s Great Powers  

Paul W. Mapp

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Two decades after the Seven Years' War, two European monarchical empires, France and Spain, reluctantly but substantially assisted the republican independence of thirteen European ... More

The War in the Cities  

Mark A. Peterson

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One aspect of the American Revolution is “the war in the cities.” Scholars on urban life and the American Revolution have traditionally focused on the five largest urban centers in the ... More

The War in the Countryside  

Allan Kulikoff

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The experience of Tiverton, a town in Rhode Island, during the American Revolution reflects the story of much of Revolutionary America, particularly the countryside. However, the history ... More

Women in the American Revolutionary War  

Sarah M. S. Pearsall

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Dec 2012
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This chapter examines the experiences of women during the American Revolution, focusing on how they affected the war and how the war affected them. Wartime violence made many women (and ... More

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