American Insurgents, American Patriots The Revolution of the People

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  • Copyright: 2011-05-10
  • Publisher: Hill and Wang
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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.

Author Biography

T. H. Breen is the William Smith Mason Professor of American History at Northwestern University. He is the author of several other works of history.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Revolutionary World of Matthew Pattenp. 3
The Face of Colonial Societyp. 21
Ghost Stories in a Time of Political Crisisp. 52
Revenge of the Countrysidep. 76
Reaching Out to Othersp. 99
The Power of Rumor: The Day the British Destroyed Bostonp. 129
The Association: The Second Stage of Insurgencyp. 160
Schools of Revolutionp. 185
Insurgents in Powerp. 207
An Appeal to Heaven: Religion and Rightsp. 241
Endgames of Empirep. 275
Notesp. 301
Acknowledgmentsp. 325
Indexp. 327
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