The american revolution a history by gordon s wood

For women, "republican motherhood" became the ideal, as exemplified by Abigail Adams and Mercy Otis Warren ; the first duty of the republican woman was to instill republican values in her children and to avoid luxury and ostentation.

However, the Quakersespecially in Pennsylvania, were the most important group that was outspoken for neutrality. Benjamin Franklinpostmaster general for the colonies, acknowledged that he leaked the letters, which led to him being berated by British officials and fired from his job.

Crucible of American Democracy: Historians of Latin America have identified many links to the U. But the history of the American Revolution, like the history of the nation as a whole, ought not to be viewed simply as a story of right and wrong from which moral lessons are to be drawn.

The War in the South was truly a civil war. That same year, Prime Minister George Grenville proposed direct taxes on the colonies to raise revenue, but he delayed action to see whether the colonies would propose some way to raise the revenue themselves.

The engraving was quickly circulated and reprinted throughout the colonies, generating sympathy for Boston and anger with Britain. But the company was not only drowning in debt; it was also drowning in tea, with almost fifteen million pounds of it in stored in warehouses from India to England.

A small forty-six-page pamphlet published in Philadelphia and written by a recent immigrant from England captured the American conversation. New claims will arise. Rather than isolating Massachusetts, the Coercive Acts fostered the sense of shared identity created over the previous decade.

Until this point, the colonies sought favorable peace terms; now all the states called for independence. The event quickly came to be called the Boston Massacre.

Women on both sides of the conflict were frequently left alone to care for their households. Miller, Triumph of Freedom, Boston: Stationing a standing army in Great Britain during peacetime was politically unacceptable, so the decision was made to station them in America and have the Americans pay them.

American republicanism played a crucial role in the development of European liberalism, as noted by the great German historian Leopold von Ranke in The Encyclopedia of the American Revolutionary War: In other ways, eighteenth-century colonists were becoming more culturally similar to Britons, a process often referred to as Anglicization.

The American Revolution, Although there are reminders of what, in the future, this new structure was going to evolve into, Wood is fairly scrupulous about not viewing the revolution through a twenty-first-century lens.

The Sugar Act sought to combat widespread smuggling of molasses in New England by cutting the duty in half but increasing enforcement.

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The king, however, issued a Proclamation of Rebellion which stated that the states were "in rebellion" and the members of Congress were traitors. Customs officials were forced to flee, prompting the British to deploy troops to Boston.

New settlements were developing away from the East Coast in an ungovernable backcountry, weakening colonial authority. Perhaps no single philosopher had a greater impact on colonial thinking than John Locke. Decades later, this event became known as the Boston Tea Party and remains a significant part of American patriotic lore.

All 13 colonies protested vehemently, as popular leaders like Henry in Virginia and Otis in Massachusetts rallied the people in opposition.

Virginia enacted regulations to prevent slave defection, threatening to ship rebellious slaves to the West Indies or execute them.

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Gordon Stewart Wood (born November 27, ) is Alva O. Way University Professor and Professor of History Emeritus at Brown University, and the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for History for The Radicalism of the American Revolution (). His book The Creation of the American Republic, – () won a Bancroft he was awarded the National Humanities Medal.

The American Revolution was a colonial revolt that took place between and The American Patriots in the Thirteen Colonies won independence from Great Britain, becoming the United States of defeated the British in the American Revolutionary War (–) in alliance with France and others.

Members of American colonial society argued the position of "no taxation.

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The word history comes from the Greek word historía which means "to learn or know by inquiry." In the pieces that follow, we encourage you to probe, dispute, dig deeper — inquire. History is not static.

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Wood] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In a grand and immemsely readable synthesis of historical, political, cultural, and economic analysis. The Stamp Act Congress issued a “Declaration of Rights and Grievances,” which, like the Virginia Resolves, declared allegiance to the king and “all due subordination” to Parliament but also reasserted the idea that colonists were entitled to the same rights as Britons.

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