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Independence: The Tangled Roots of the American Revolution

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An important new interpretation of the American colonists’ 150-year struggle to achieve independence

“What do we mean by the Revolution?” John Adams asked Thomas Jefferson in 1815. "The war? That was no part of the Revolution. It was only an effect and consequence of it." As the distinguished historian Thomas P. Slaughter shows in this landmark book, the long process of rev
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published June 10th 2014 by Hill and Wang
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Peter Mcloughlin
A very good history that digs into the roots of the American revolution and traces them back 150 year before the revolution up to the 1760s and 1770s when colonial ideas of autonomy and free English subjects conflicted with the ideas of parliament on the political status of the colonies. the roots for rebellion and revolution were present as early as the 17th century and blossomed after the French and Indian war when parliament sought to better "manage" her colonies. American colonists had thei ...more
Carl Brush
In his brand new Independence:The Tangled Roots of the American Revolution, Thomas Slaughter clearly demonstrates the truth of his title. In his hindsightful look, this little experiment with a distant colony of its own people was doomed always for England. On the one hand, the inhabitants of what is now the east coast of the USA always thought of themselves as Englishmen with the same rights and privileges as other Englishmen, dating back to the Magna Carta, Habeus Corpus, trial by jury, the ab ...more
Joseph Stieb
In his new book on the roots of the American Revolution, Thomas Slaughter centers his argument around the following question: “How did independence become revolutionary in British North America?” While Slaughter examines many causes of the Revolution, his main goal is to show how the colonists evolved from wanting independence as British citizens within the empire to pursuing independence through separation from the empire.
His main argument is that the colonists and the British held mutually in
John Davis
This book successfully fleshes out the many faceted situations and myriad conflicts in the hundred and fifty years or so leading to the founding of our nation, connecting them to the events of the Revolutionary War. Quite insightful and thought provoking as the reader moves through the European originated conflicts of the late seventeenth century into the eighteenth century and its affects on the European powers' colonies in the American continent. The book's conclusion highlights the realizatio ...more
Truthfully I couldn't finish the book after the passage about the attacks on the colonists by Indian warriors. In particular, it would be what he indicated had happened to babies and children. It was only a few sentences, but they were awful and I couldn't stop thinking about them even as I tried to skip those pages and pick up again a few pages later. I couldn't get those words out of my head - which may also tell you that this author is very boring and the writing very dry. Either way, I could ...more
Lots of good information but the writing just couldn't hold my attention. I struggled through the first eight chapters and found my self putting this down to read something else. After six weeks of this I am giving up at least temporarily, I may try and come back to it later because this period of history fascinates me. Sorry.
A very interesting look at some forgotten or ignored aspects of American history from the time of the Revolution. It seems that there were several largely separate revolutions, some of which could be said to have started before 1776.
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