Cities and the American Revolution
By (author) Benjamin L. Carp
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Rebels Rising by Benjamin L. Carp
Book DescriptionThe cities of eighteenth-century America packed together tens of thousands of colonists. They met each other in back rooms, plotted political tactics, debated the issues of the day in taverns, and mingled together on the wharves or in the streets. In this fascinating work, historian Benjamin L. Carp shows how these various urban meeting places provided the tinder and spark for the American Revolution. Carp focuses closely on political activity in colonial America's five most populous cities. In particular, he examines Boston's waterfront community, New York tavern-goers, Newport congregations, Charleston's elite patriarchy, and the common people who gathered outside Philadelphia's State House. He shows how - because of their tight concentrations of people and diverse mixture of inhabitants - the largest cities offered fertile ground for political consciousness, political persuasion, and political action. The book traces how everyday interactions in taverns, wharves, and elsewhere slowly developed into more serious political activity. Ultimately, the residents of cities became the first to voice their discontent. Merchants began meeting to discuss the repercussions of new laws, printers fired up provocative pamphlets, and protesters took to the streets. Indeed, the cities became the flashpoints for legislative protests, committee meetings, massive outdoor gatherings, newspaper harangues, boycotts, customs evasion, violence and riots-all of which laid the groundwork for war. Ranging from 1740 to 1780, this groundbreaking work contributes significantly to our understanding of the American Revolution. By focusing on some of the most pivotal events of the eighteenth century as they unfolded in the most dynamic places in America, this book illuminates how city dwellers joined in various forms of political activity that helped make the Revolution possible.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195304022
(243mm x 164mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 23-Aug-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Benjamin L. Carp
Defiance of the Patriots, Paperback (October 2011)
On the evening of December 16, 1773, a group of disguised Bostonians boarded three merchant ships and dumped more than forty-six tons of tea into Boston Harbour. The Boston Tea Party, as it later came to be known, was an audacious and revolutionary act. This book tells the story of the Tea Party, exploring the city life of Boston.
Rebels Rising, Paperback (June 2009)» View all books by Benjamin L. Carp
A reassessment of the role of the colonial cities in the coming of the American Revolution.
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Author Biography - Benjamin L. Carp
Benjamin L. Carp is Assistant Professor of History at Tufts University.
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