The history of the American rebellion against England, written by one of America’s preeminent eighteenth-century historians, differs from many views of the Revolution. It is not colored by excessive worship of the Founding Fathers but, instead, permeated by sympathy for all those involved in the conflict. Alden has taken advantage of recent scholarship that has altered opinions about George III and Lord North. But most of all this is a balanced history—political, military, social, constitutional—of the thirteen colonies from the French and Indian War in 1763 to Washington’s inauguration in 1789. Whether dealing with legendary figures like Adams and Jefferson or lesser-known aspects of a much picked-over subject, Alden writes with insights and broad eloquence.
About John R. Alden
John R. Alden was born in Michigan in 1908 and attended the University of Michigan, where he received his AB (1929), MA (1930), and PhD (1939). He taught at the University of Nebraska (1945–55), then transferred to Duke University in… More about John R. Alden
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Published by Knopf Jul 10, 2013| 544 Pages| ISBN 9780307831385