A few celebrated figures in the Continental Congress do not make for a revolution. It requires tens of thousands of ordinary men and women willing to sacrifice, kill, and be killed. Breen not only gives the history of these ordinary Americans but, drawing upon a wealth of rarely seen documents, restores their primacy to American independence. Mobilizing two years before the Declaration of Independence, American insurgents in all thirteen colonies concluded that resistance to British oppression required organized violence against the state. They channeled popular rage through elected committees of safety and observation, which before 1776 were the heart of American resistance. American Insurgents, American Patriots is the stunning account of their insurgency, without which there would have been no independent republic as we know it.
T. H. Breen's study of this tobacco culture focuses on how elite planters gave meaning to existence. He examines the value-laden relationships--found in both the fields and marketplaces--that led from tobacco to politics, from agrarian experience to political protest, and finally to a break with the political and economic system that they believed threatened both personal independence and honor.
T.H. Breen introduces us to a George Washington we rarely meet. During his first term as president, he decided that the only way to fulfill the Revolution was to take the new federal government directly to the people. He organized an extraordinary journey carrying him to all thirteen states. It transformed American political culture.
For Washington, the stakes were high. If the nation fragmented, as it had almost done after the war, it could never become the strong, independent nation for which he had fought. In scores of communities, he communicated a powerful and enduring message—that America was now a nation, not a loose collection of states. And the people responded to his invitation in ways that he could never have predicted.
A story of interaction and adaptation in the Atlantic world.
Colonial America in an Atlantic World presents the story of interaction and adaptation among the peoples of four continents that resulted in the development of the North American region that became the United States. Authors T.H. Breen and Timothy Hall discuss the social, political, environmental, and cultural processes set in motion by European exploration and settlement, and cover the sometimes-overlooked contributions of Native Americans and Africans to Atlantic history. Expanded to include a new, three-chapter section on the American Revolution, the second edition traces Atlantic history right up through the ratification of the U.S. Constitution in 1788.
An accessible exploration of America’s rich, complex past
American Stories: A History of the United State s helps students to see beyond the assortment of facts that make up U.S. history so they can truly understand the story of our nation. Via a streamlined, powerful narrative, authors H. W. Brands, T. H. Breen, Ariela J. Gross, and R. Hal Williams present coverage of the dilemmas, choices, and decisions made by the American people, as well as by their leaders, that helped shape America. Through new embedded videos and engaging interactive features, the 4th Edition connects these American people and their decisions with time and place, enabling students to better think both critically and historically.