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Daily life during the American Revolution
Volo, Dorothy Denneen, 1949-
Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2003.
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xvii, 359 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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How did the patriot army dress themselves? What was the British soldier's food ration and what were women's roles during the revolution? What types of weapons did the combatants use and how large were the naval vessels of the day? This engaging and informative resource on the social and material history of the Revolutionary War period answers these and many other questions. Covering more than just political ideologies and the outcomes of battles, Daily Life During the Revolutionary War looks at the real stuff of history--people's lives and how they lived them.

Looking at the war and society from many angles, the book's 20 chapters cover such important topics as radicals, Tories, taxation, the French, the Hessians, prisoner-of-war conditions, fashion, leisure time activities, and war on the frontier, among others. Also included are more than 35 photographs and illustrations, and over a dozen charts. This behind-the-scenes look at history presents a fascinating picture of everyday life deeply affected by the spirit of '76.

Author Notes

DOROTHY DENNEEN VOLO is a teacher and historian. She has been an active living history reenactor for 20 years and has been involved in numerous community historical education projects. With James M. Volo, she is co-author of Daily Life in the Age of Sail (Greenwood, 2001) and Daily Life on the Old Colonial Frontier (Greenwood, 2002).

JAMES M. VOLO is a teacher, historian, and living history enthusiast. He has been an active historic reenactor for more than two decades, participating in a wide range of living history events, including television and screen performances. With Dorothy Denneen Volo, he is co-author of Daily Life in the Age of Sail (Greenwood, 2001) and Daily Life on the Old Colonial Frontier (Greenwood, 2002).

Table of Contents

Chronologyp. vii
Introductionp. xiii
1. Anglo-America in the Eighteenth Centuryp. 1
2. The Anglo-American Economy and Tradep. 15
3. Taxation Without Representationp. 37
4. Agitators and Radicalsp. 53
5. A Whole Country in Armsp. 69
6. Redcoatsp. 91
7. Of Patriots and Rebelsp. 99
8. The Generals of the Armiesp. 121
9. Sinews of Warsp. 149
10. Food and Foragep. 169
11. Clothing and Shelterp. 187
12. Tory, Refugee, Traitor, Spyp. 207
13. Women at Warp. 229
14. Sacrifice, Shortage, and Substitutionp. 255
15. Diversionsp. 269
16. Fashionp. 287
17. Burning Frontiersp. 295
18. The Militia of the Seasp. 309
19. Prisoners of Warp. 325
20. The French Alliesp. 331
Epilogue: Independencep. 339
Selected Bibliographyp. 343
Indexp. 347