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The American Revolution

A History in Documents

Steven C. Bullock

Publication Date - August 2003

ISBN: 9780195132243

208 pages
Hardcover
8 x 10 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $65.95

A vivid illustration of the American Revolution told through a unique collection of primary sources

Description

The American Revolution vividly illustrates through a collection of fascinating primary documents how, in the space of a few hundred years, contented colonists -- the majority of whom were transplanted English citizens -- would form an independent country that could challenge the greatest world power of the time -- and win. The American Revolution explores the colonies' break with Great Britain, the resulting war to gain independence, and the struggle to create a successful government for the new United States. Steven C. Bullock turns to such documents as Common Sense, the Declaration of Independence, diaries, newspaper debates, slave petitions, and a pictorial essay on Paul Revere, showing that the words and actions of common men as well as great men played important roles in making the Revolution not just a coup d'État, but a genuine change that shook the foundations of authority and dramatically changed American society.

Features

  • Vividly illustrates the American Revolution through a collection of fascinating primary documents
  • Explores the colonies' break with Great Britain, the resulting war to gain independence, and the struggle to create a successful government for the new United States
  • Includes such documents as Common Sense, the Declaration of Independence, diaries, newspaper debates, slave petitions, and a pictorial essay on Paul Revere

About the Author(s)

Stephen C. Bullock is Associate Professor of United States History at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Reviews

"Bullock succeeds quite well in making history important and vital to today....In the documents, one can see both famous players and the not so famous. John Adams is here, as well as Abigail Adams. Patrick Henry and Benjamin Rush play their part, as do Mercy Otis Warren and Benjamin Franklin....Bullock has managed to breathe new life into what for many are dry and dusty documents of a bygone time." -- American Reference Book Annual

"Diaries, newspaper debates, Tom Paine's Common Sense, slave petitions, and The Declaration of Independence are among the documents Bullock uses to anchor his account for high school students and general readers of the movement and war for independence that led to the U.S." -- Research & Reference Book News

"Innovative and admirable." -- Church History

"Interesting." -- Education Digest

Table of Contents

    What is a Document?
    How to Read a Document


    Introduction: Madness and Revolution

    Chapter 1: The Family Quarrel: The Coming of the Revolution

    Growing Children
    Raising Money and Rising Anger
    We Are Therefore - SLAVES
    Violence in the Streets
    Tea in the Harbor

    Chapter 2: Breaking the Bonds: War and Independence

    The Road from Lexington and Concord
    Causes and Necessities
    Free and Independent
    Was Washington Good Enough?
    Little Successes - and Big Ones

    Chapter 3: Taking Sides: The Experience of War

    Problems of Loyalty
    Friends, Families, and Fighting
    Divided Loyalties
    he Fortures - and Misfortunes - of War
    Women and the War

    Chapter 4: Building Governments: Revolutions in Government

    The Problems of Peace
    Economic Successes and Failures
    Constructing and Reconstructing Governments
    Reconstituting the Federal Government

    Chapter 5: The Limits of Liberty: Revolutions in Society and Culture

    The Religious Revolution
    Changing Ways of Worship
    Liberty, But Not for All
    Honorable Daughters of America

    Chapter 6: Paul Revere: Craftsman of the Revolution

    The Making of an Artisan
    The Making of a Revolutionary
    The Midnight Ride
    The Post-Revolutionary Businessman

    Chapter 7: The Living Revolution: The Revolution Remembered

    Commemorations and Celebrations
    American Anniversaries
    The Political Uses of the Revolution
    The American Revolution Beyond America

    Timeline
    Further Reading
    Text Credits
    Picture Credits
    Index