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The Founding of a Nation : A History of the American Revolution, 1763-1776 - Merrill Jensen

The Founding of a Nation

A History of the American Revolution, 1763-1776

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"This wonderfully rich volume challenges those who claim that political history is arid, narrow, or worse, irrelevant to our own concerns. Jensen's study explores popular political mobilization on the eve of American independence. It reconstructs the complex decisions that slowly, often painfully transformed a colonial rebellion into a genuine revolution. Jensen's well-paced narrative never loses sight of the ordinary men and women who confronted the most powerful empire in the world." --T.H. Breen, William Smith Mason Professor of American History, Northwestern University

"This wonderfully rich volume challenges those who claim that political history is arid, narrow, or worse, irrelevant to our own concerns. Jensen's study explores popular political mobilization on the eve of American independence. It reconstructs the complex decisions that slowly, often painfully transformed a colonial rebellion into a genuine revolution. Jensen's well-paced narrative never loses sight of the ordinary men and women who confronted the most powerful empire in the world..." -- T H Breen, William Smith Mason Professor of American History, Northwestern University.
"After thirty-five years, Jensen's Founding of a Nation is still, by a good margin, the best one-volume history of the coming of the American Revolution..." -- John M Murrin, Princeton University.
"The Founding of a Nation is the best one-volume narrative political history of the American Revolution from 1763 to 1776. I have turned to it again and again for its clear, reliable accounts of events. It is a magnificent work by a master scholar based on an unsurpassed knowledge of the original sources..." -- Alfred Young, Senior Research Fellow, Newberry Library.

Introduction
The first crisisp. 3
America in 1763p. 7
British politics, policies, and America, 1763-1765p. 36
The economics and politics of American protest, 1763-1764p. 70
The revolt against the stamp actp. 98
The nullification of the stamp actp. 126
The first British retreat : repeal of the stamp act and commercial reformp. 155
The widening riftp. 183
The aftermath of the stamp act in Americap. 186
The aftermath of the stamp act in Britain : the Townshend programp. 225
The constitutional protest against the Townshend programp. 239
Politicians, merchants, customs officers, and non-importation in the north, 1767-1769p. 265
The British army, Boston, parliament, and non-importation in the southp. 288
The second British retreat, 1769-1770p. 314
The climax of American resistance, 1769-1770p. 334
The collapse of American resistance, 1770p. 354
The final breakp. 373
Various roads to crisis : America south and west of New Englandp. 377
The revival of popular power in New Englandp. 403
From India to Boston Harbor : tea, tea parties, and the intolerable actsp. 434
The beginnings of American union : the creation of the first continental congressp. 461
The first continental congressp. 483
The road to Concord bridge : the way of politicsp. 508
The road to Concord bridge : the way of forcep. 535
The beginnings of a civil warp. 568
Revolution vs. reconciliation : the American dilemmap. 602
The dream of reconciliation and the drive for independence, 1775-1776p. 632
The founding of a nation : "the unanimous declaration of the thirteen United States of America"p. 667
Table of symbolsp. 705
Indexp. 709
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ISBN: 9780872207059
ISBN-10: 0872207056
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 752
Published: 15th March 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.98