The Creation of America
Through Revolution to Empire
By (author) Francis Jennings
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Creation of America by Francis Jennings
Book DescriptionIn the standard presentation of the American Revolution, a ragtag assortment of revolutionaries, inspired by ideals of liberty and justice, throw off the yoke of the British empire and bring democracy to the New World. In place of this fairy tale, Francis Jennings presents a realistic alternative: a privileged elite, dreaming of empire, clone their own empire from the British. This book, first published in 2000, shows that the colonists intended from the first to conquer American Indians. Though subordinate to the British crown, the colonists ruled over beaten native peoples. Some colonists bought Africans as slaves and rigidly ruled over them, and the colonists invented racial gradation to justify conquests and oppression. Jennings reveals as war propaganda the revolutionary rhetoric about liberty and virtue. Including the whole population in this meticulously documented history, Jennings provides an eloquent explanation for a host of anomalies, ambiguities, and iniquities that have followed in the American Revolution's wake.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521662550
(228mm x 152mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 28-Aug-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Francis Jennings
Creation of America, Paperback (July 2000)
This alternative history of the American Revolution, first published in 2000, shows the colonists as empire-building conquerors rather than democratic revolutionaries.
Benjamin Franklin, Politician, Hardback (January 1997)
A portrait of one of the founding fathers in American colonial history, Benjamin Franklin. Uncovering details of his life omitted from his autobiography, this book presents him as a man of genius and enormous ego. It also reveals Franklin's struggle against Thomas Penn and the British government.
Founders of America, Paperback (February 1995)
"We have lived upon this land from days beyond history's records." These are the words of a Pueblo man, words that describe the experience of Native Americans. They underlie the long work and philosophy of Francis Jennings-the scholar who has done the most to change our view of the relationship of Native Americans and the European settlers.
Empire of Fortune, Paperback (August 1990)» View all books by Francis Jennings
"A riveting, massively documented epic [that] overturns textbook cliches... This impassioned study throws valuable light on our history." -Publishers Weekly
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