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1774 by Mary Beth Norton
Feb 11, 2020 | ISBN 9780385353366
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“This was a world on the verge. Though every era writes its own history of the American Revolution, and this one is written from our world on the verge, Mary Beth Norton’s 1774 is neither a celebratory account nor a cautionary tale. The Revolution is told not just from the perspective of Boston or Philadelphia, but from a more capacious and complex early America, a vital history of a vital time, told with an unflinching eye for the telling details and sometimes agonizing missteps that took Americans into war and independence. A brilliant book, by one of the very most insightful and significant historians of our time.”–Karin Wulf, Executive Director, Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture; Professor of History, William & Mary

“Meticulous and persuasive … Norton brings underappreciated figures such as Pennsylvania lawyer John Dickinson to the fore, and elucidates complex developments in all 13 colonies. This ambitious deep dive will remind readers that America has a long history of building consensus out of fractious disputes.”–Publishers Weekly

“Many assume a clear, straightforward trajectory from the Tea Act and Tea Party to independence. But Norton’s elegant, learned account shows otherwise … a crisp, persuasive narrative of the collapse of British rule and the decisive movement for independence.”–Richard D. Brown, author of Self-Evident Truths

“Deeply researched … Norton makes a good case for considering 1774 and not 1776 to be the foundational year of the new republic.”–Kirkus

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