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The common cause : creating race and nation in the American Revolution

Author: Robert G Parkinson
Publisher: Chapel Hill : Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia, by the University of North Carolina Press, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this pathbreaking book, Robert Parkinson argues that to unify the patriot side, political and communications leaders linked British tyranny to colonial prejudices, stereotypes, and fears about insurrectionary slaves and violent Indians. Manipulating newspaper networks, Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, and their fellow agitators broadcast stories of British agents inciting African Americans and Indians to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert G Parkinson
ISBN: 9781469626635 1469626632 9781469652184 1469652188
OCLC Number: 922912789
Description: xi, 742 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: "A Work of Difficulty": Communication networks, newspapers, and the common cause --
Interlude: the "Shot Heard 'round the World" revisited --
"Britain Has Found Means to Unite Us": 1775 --
Merciless savages, domestic insurrectionists, and foreign mercenaries: Independence --
"By the American Revolution You Are Now Free": Sticking together in trying times --
"It Is the Cause of Heaven against Hell": To the Carlisle Commission, 1777-1778 --
Interlude: Franklin and Lafayette's "Little Book" --
"A Striking Picture of Barbarity": Wyoming to the disaster at Savannah, 1778-1779 --
"This Class of Britain's Heroes": From the fall of Charleston to Yorktown --
"The Substance is Truth": After Yorktown, 1782-1783 --
"New Provocations": The political and cultural consequences of revolutionary war stories --
Appendix A: A note on newspapers during the Revolutionary War --
Appendix B: Pennsylvania Journal subscription books --
Appendix C: Contents of Pennsylvania Journal, 1775.
Responsibility: Robert G. Parkinson.

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When the Revolutionary War began, few on either side of the Atlantic expected thirteen colonies to stick together in a war against their cultural cousins. In this groundbreaking book, Robert  Read more...

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Several aspects of Parkinson's work are particularly impressive, but what stands out is the sheer ambition of the task he has successfully brought to fulfilment.--The English Historical Review Read more...

 
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