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A history of the American Revolution
Alden, John Richard, 1908-1991.
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Da Capo Press, [1989?]

Physical Description:
vii, 541 pages, xvi pages, 16 pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.
General Note:
Reprint. Originally published: New York : Knopf, 1969.
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The history of the American rebellion against England, written by one of America's preeminent eighteenth-century historians, differs from many views of the Revolution. It is not colored by excessive worship of the Founding Fathers but, instead, permeated by sympathy for all those involved in the conflict. Alden has taken advantage of recent scholarship that has altered opinions about George III and Lord North. But most of all this is a balanced history--political, military, social, constitutional--of the thirteen colonies from the French and Indian War in 1763 to Washington's inauguration in 1789. Whether dealing with legendary figures like Adams and Jefferson or lesser-known aspects of a much picked-over subject, Alden writes with insights and broad eloquence.

Author Notes

John R. Alden was Professor of History at Duke University for many years. The author of several books, including the South in the Revolution and a biography of Washington, he lives in Florida.

Table of Contents

I The American Coloniesp. 3
II Britain in the Year 1763p. 17
III A Casual Empirep. 32
IV A New British Policyp. 45
V A Breach in the Empirep. 59
VI Britain Retreatsp. 73
VII The Second Challenge from Britainp. 84
VIII The Townshend Crisisp. 95
IX A Decade of Westward Advancep. 111
X The Tea Troublesp. 125
XI Rebellionp. 141
XII Britain Chooses Warp. 158
XIII The War Spreadsp. 177
XIV The Invasion of Canadap. 194
XV Britain Prepares for Warp. 211
XVI The Declaration of Independencep. 226
XVII The Opposing Forcesp. 245
XVIII From Brooklyn To Princetonp. 262
XIX The Fall of Philadelphiap. 284
XX Saratogap. 309
XXI The American Federacyp. 328
XXII Social Reformp. 348
XXIII France Intervenesp. 370
XXIV Deadlock in the Northp. 389
XXV British Triumphs in the Southp. 408
XXVI The Western Frontp. 423
XXVII The War at Homep. 443
XXVIII The End of the Warp. 457
XXIX The Peace of Parisp. 477
XXX The Fate of the Loyalistsp. 493
XXXI The Forging of the American Unionp. 507
Essay upon Authoritiesp. 525
Indexp. 541