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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

America’s Cultural Revolution in Transnational Perspective  

Leora Auslander

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Through their successfully waged war and also by their novel political strategies, eighteenth-century North Americans seeking home rule made history. By systematically organizing around a ... More

The American Revolution and a New National Politics  

Rosemarie Zagarri

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When the American Revolution was over, citizens of the new nation could not agree about the event's true meaning and the best way to preserve its authentic legacy. After the new federal ... More

Britain’s American Problem: The International Perspective  

P. J. Marshall

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Britain valued its American colonies primarily because of their contribution to the nation's security, power, and influence in Europe. A recurring British fear was that France, Britain's ... 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

The Democratic Moment: The Revolution and Popular Politics  

Ray Raphael

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Direct democracy was practiced within town meetings in colonial New England, driven by four overarching principles. First, citizens had a political voice as members of a specific ... More

Discipline, Sex, and the Republican Self  

Clare A. Lyons

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The American Revolution took place at a time of a revolutionary loosening of the patriarchal control and marital organization of sexuality that had characterized much of colonial society, ... More

The Empire That Britain Kept  

Eliga H. Gould

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William Augustus Bowles was a loyalist soldier during the American Revolution who also acted as an agent for the British governor of the Bahamas. Had events gone his way, he could have ... More

The Evangelical ASCENDENCY in Revolutionary America  

Susan Juster

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The American Revolution has spawned a number of creation myths, one of which relates to the wave of religious revivals that swept the colonies in the 1730s and 1740s. This chapter offers a ... 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

The Impact of the War on British Politics  

Harry T. Dickinson

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The length, extent, and scale of the American Revolution had a profound impact on political developments across the British Isles. Britain was forced to send the largest army ever to cross ... More

The Imperial Crisis  

Craig B. Yirush

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The crisis experienced by the British Empire during the 1760s and 1770s has been linked to the decentralized nature of the empire built by the English on the far shores of the Atlantic ... More

Independence before and during the Revolution  

Benjamin H. Irvin

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Historians of the American Revolution have long argued that American colonists were late and reluctant to sever ties with Britain. They characterized American independence as a natural and ... More

Introduction: American Revolutions  

Edward G. Gray and Jane Kamensky

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The American Revolution is a significant event in the history of the United States, yet has generated little interest among academic historians. This stems from two seemingly irreconcilable ... More

The Laboring Republic  

Graham Russell Gao Hodges

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The American Revolution enabled ordinary people to enjoy political freedom. The story of how the common people of the early American cities made and inherited the war has been intertwined ... 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

A More Perfect Union: The Framing and Ratification of the Constitution  

Max M. Edling

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James Madison, the chief architect of the United States Constitution, drafted an introduction to notes from the proceedings of the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, ... 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 Polite and the Plebeian  

Michael Zuckerman

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In May 1774, Alexander Hamilton set off from his home in Annapolis and embarked on a journey from Delaware to modern-day Maine. His travels took him to eight very different colonies, and ... More

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