American Revolutionary Essay

Essays on the American Revolution

Stephen G. Kurtz

Publication Year: 2014

These eight original essays by a group of America's most distinguished scholars include the following themes: the meaning and significance of the Revolution; the long-term, underlying causes of the war; violence and the Revolution; the military conflict; politics in the Continental Congress; the role of religion in the Revolution; and the effect of the war on the social order. This is the product of the celebrated Symposium on the American Revolution held in 1971 by the institute.

Originally published 1973.

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Published by: The University of North Carolina Press

Series: Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia

1. The Central Themes of the American Revolution: An Interpretation

BERNARD BAILYN

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pp. 3-31

2. An Uneasy Connection: An Analysis of the Preconditions of the American Revolution

JACK P. GREENE

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pp. 32-80

3. Violence and the American Revolution

RICHARD MAXWELL BROWN

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pp. 81-120

4. The American Revolution: The Military Conflict Considered as a Revolutionary War

JOHN SHY

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pp. 121-156

5. The Structure of Politics in the Continental Congress

H. JAMES HENDERSON

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pp. 157-196

6. The Role of Religion in the Revolution: Liberty of Conscience and Cultural Cohesion in the New Nation

WILLIAM G. McLOUGHLIN

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pp. 197-255

7. Feudalism, Communalism, and the Yeoman Freeholder: The American Revolution Considered as a Social Accident

ROWLAND BERTHOFF AND JOHN M. MURRIN

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pp. 256-288

8. Conflict and Consensus in the American Revolution

EDMUND S. MORGAN

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pp. 289-310

E-ISBN-13: 9781469611365
E-ISBN-10: 1469611368
Print-ISBN-13: 9780807812044

Page Count: 336
Publication Year: 2014

Series Title: Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia
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OCLC Number: 899942678
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