American Insurgents, American Patriots

American Insurgents, American Patriots

The Revolution of the People

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Baker & Taylor
"Before there could be a revolution, there was a rebellion; before patriots, there were insurgents. Challenging decades of received wisdom, T.H. Breen's strikingly original book explains how ordinary Americans-- most of them members of farm families living in small communities-- were drawn into a successful insurgency against imperial authority. This is the compelling story of our national political origins that most Americans do not know. It is a story of rumor, charity, vengeance, and restraint. American insurgents, American patriots reminds us that revolutions are violent events. They provoke passion and rage, a willingness to use violence to achieve political ends, a deep sense of betrayal, and a strong religious conviction that God expects an oppressed people to defend their rights. The American Revolution was no exception."--Book jacket.

McMillan Palgrave
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 Americans—most of them members of farm families living in small communities—were drawn into a successful insurgency against imperial authority. This is the compelling story of our national political origins that most Americans do not know. It is a story of rumor, charity, vengeance, and restraint. American Insurgents, American Patriots reminds us that revolutions are violent events. They provoke passion and rage, a willingness to use violence to achieve political ends, a deep sense of betrayal, and a strong religious conviction that God expects an oppressed people to defend their rights. The American Revolution was no exception.
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 Patriots is the stunning account of their insurgency, without which there would have been no independent republic as we know it.


Book News
Breen (American History, Northwestern U) argues that ordinary men and women, rather than the Founding Fathers, are responsible for the success of the American Revolution. Using correspondence, newspaper reports, committee meeting notes, and sermons, the work describes the rise of political anger during 1774 and 1775 which led groups of farmers to form Committees which became de facto governments two years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Organized chronologically, the volume details colonial life before the resistance, describes British actions which led to insurgency, and charts the events leading to the revolution including the Rising of 1774 and the formation of Committees of Safety and Observation. Engaging and thought provoking, this volume will appeal to a general audience interested in American history, grass roots movements, and US history of the working class. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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An analysis of a lesser-known aspect of America's national political origins explains how everyday farming families were drawn into an insurgency that became the Revolution, describing the belief systems and organizational efforts that fueled resistance efforts.
An analysis of a lesser-known aspect of America's national political origins explains how everyday farming families were drawn into an insurgency that became the Revolution, describing the belief systems and organizational efforts that fueled resistance to British oppression.

Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780809075881
0809075881
9780809024797
Branch Call Number: 973.3 B745a
Characteristics: 337 p. ; 24 cm

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