A Good Year for Revolution
On Sale: November 27, 2012
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The contrarian historian and analyst upends the
conventional reading of the American
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
1775â€”Congressâ€™s belligerent economic ultimatums to Britain,
New Englandâ€™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 handsÂâ€”achieved a sweeping
Patriot control of territory and local government that
Britain was never able to overcome. These each added
to the Revolutionâ€™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
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 Americaâ€™s origins.
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