A Good Year for Revolution
The contrarian historian and analyst upends the conventional reading of the American Revolution
In 1775, iconoclastic historian and bestselling author Kevin Phillips punctures the myth that 1776 was the watershed year of the American Revolution. He suggests that the great events and confrontations of 1775—Congress’s belligerent economic ultimatums to Britain, New England’s rage militaire, the exodus of British troops and expulsion of royal governors up and down the seaboard, and the new provincial congresses and hundreds of local committees that quickly reconstituted local authority in Patriot hands—achieved a sweeping Patriot control of territory and local government that Britain was never able to overcome. These each added to the Revolution’s essential momentum so when the British finally attacked in great strength the following year, they could not regain the control they had lost in 1775.
Analyzing the political climate, economic structures, and military preparations, as well as the roles of ethnicity, religion, and class, Phillips tackles the eighteenth century with the same skill and insights he has shown in analyzing contemporary politics and economics. The result is a dramatic narrative brimming with original insights. 1775 revolutionizes our understanding of America’s origins.
Preface: Why 1775
List of Maps
PART I. INTRODUCTION
Chapter 1. The Spirit of 1775
PART II. THE REVOLUTION—PROVOCATIONS, MOTIVATIONS, AND ALIGNMENTS
Chapter 2. Liberty's Vanguard
Chapter 3. Religion, Ethnicity, and Revolutionary Loyalty
Chapter 4. A Revolution for Economic Self-Determination
Chapter 5. Urban Radicalism and the Tide of Revolution
Chapter 6. Challenge from the Backcountry
Chapter 7. The Ideologies of Revolution
PART III. 1775—THE BATTLEGROUNDS
Chapter 8. Fortress New England?
Chapter 9. Declaring Economic War
Chapter 10. Five Roads to Canada
Chapter 11. The Global Munitions Struggle, 1774-1776
Chapter 12. The Supply War at Sea
Chapter 13. The First British Southern Strategy, 1775-1776
Chapter 14. Is Falmouth Burning?
Chapter 15. Red, White, and Black
Chapter 16. Divided National Opinion and Britain's Need to Hire Mercenaries
Chapter 17. The Chesapeake—America's Vulnerable Estuary
Chapter 18. The American Revolution as Civil War
Chapter 19. The Declaration of Independence—a Stitch in Time?
PART IV. CONSEQUENCES AND RAMIFICATIONS
Chapter 20. The Battle of Boston: A Great American Victory
Chapter 21. Canada: Defeat or Victory?
Chapter 22. Lord Dunmore's Second War
Chapter 23. Whaleboats, Row Galleys, Schooners, and Submarines: The Small-Ship Origins of the U.S. Navy
Chapter 24. Europe, the Bourbon Compact, and the American Revolution
Chapter 25. The Southern Expedition of 1775 and the Limitations of British Power
Chapter 26. 1775: A Good Year for Revolution
"Enthralling."--Publishers Weekly (starred, boxed review)
"Impressively authoritative...[A] deeply researched, meticulously argued, multidimensional history."--Kirkus (starred review)
"A solid, well-argued, and informative re-examination of our beginnings as a nation-state."--Booklist
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