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Unshackling America: How the War of 1812 Truly Ended the American Revolution

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Unshackling America challenges the persistent fallacy that Americans fought two separate wars of independence. Williard Sterne Randall documents an unremitting fifty-year-long struggle for economic independence from Britain overlapping two armed conflicts linked by an unacknowledged global struggle. Throughout this perilous period, the struggle was all about free trade.

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Hardcover, 464 pages
Published June 27th 2017 by St. Martin's Press
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Susan
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very interesting. I learned so much by reading this book. All I really ever knew about the war was what I learned in history classes, and that wasn’t a lot. I really enjoyed reading this book
Jerome
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
A well-written, dense and informative history of the war.

Randall spends a lot of time on US-British relations after the Revolution, and describes how the War of 1812 was the culmination of years and years of trade disputes between the two nations. Randall provides a lot of detail on these earlier flare-ups, and they do slow down the narrative a bit. He then describes how things escalated to a war neither country prepared for or could afford to prosecute for very long.

The book seems a just a bit
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Dean
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: american-history
Always love American History books that fill in some gaps. Seems like the War of 1812 deserves more than a line or two in most American History books I have read. Most of the time the line or two that is in there is about how Andrew Jackson won the battle of New Orleans that took place after the peace was signed and built his national reputation that was a contributing factor to his eventual election as President. This book fills the gap on this chapter of American History. A war fought over ...more
Porter Broyles
Pros: This is a very solid introduction to the War of 1812. It is an easy read and covers the key events of the war.

Cons: The book has the sub title: "How the War of 1812 truly Ended the American Revolution." In the introductory chapter it lays a premise that the War of 1812 ended the an economic crusade wherein England continued to treat the US as a colony. Randall provides a brief summary of the Revolutionary War, which is OK because the book promises to be about how America couldn't garner
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David
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars This was a very uneven book that sucked me in with an interesting title and thesis. The problem: no execution. Looking at the War of 1812 as a continuation of the Revolutionary War is an interesting interpretation that I think is gaining ground among historians. Instead of tackling that, this book gives a very straight forward history of about 1760 on through the War of 1812. He also will focus on some obscure or minor topics, such as a long digression on an Irish rebellion in 1798 to ...more
Deane Aikins
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Authoritative and sobering. Outstanding
Redgriffin
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book of the newer view of the War of 1812 in which the war for American Independence really lasted from 1775-1814. The seconf half of the war in 1812 was caused by the unwillingness of the British Government to
1. live up to it's agreements made after the Revolution.
2. The intrasigents of the Federalist and the Democratic Republicans to come up with and agree upon a strategy to solve the problems that were caused by the forming of a new nation and a dealing with the Natives so
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Evan
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Professor Randall has a wonderful writing style and masterfully conveys the virtually unknown story of the War of 1812 (which really started many years before, and did not end until Christmas Eve 1814). Most people may know just two facts about the War of 1812: the burning down of the Capitol and White House, and that Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Bangled Banner while watching the British bomb Baltimore. The war was so much more, and so much less. One's blood really boils when reading about ...more
Fred Svoboda
Nice book is particularly good at tracing the origins of the war and its outcomes, with both a political and (best) economic point of view. The only real negative is the coverage of the many invasions and counter-invasions of Canada which were quite important to the course of the war but something of a muddle to read about. (In fairness, they also were a muddle in real time.) Thus the best sections of the book for an interested amateur reader are its excellent opening 1/3 and the last chapters ...more
Lehtomaki
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Donald Herrick
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great detail of every event.

I wish I could remember it all. I do have lasting new ideas. It fills in the details in our history.
Steve
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An interesting perspective of the War of 1812 and how we still fought Great Britain to gain our independence from them.
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Willard Sterne Randall is an American historian and author who specializes in biographies related to the American colonial period and the American Revolution. He teaches American history at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont.