From Resistance to Revolution: Colonial Radicals and the Development of American Opposition to Britain, 1765-1776

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1991 - History - 318 pages
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In this classic account of the American revolution, Pauline Maier traces the step-by-step process through which the extra-legal institutions of the colonial resistance movement assumed authority from the British. She follows the American Whigs as they moved by stages from the organized resistance of the Stamp Act crisis of 1765 through the non-importation associations of the late 1760s to the collapse of royal government after 1773, the implication of the king in a conspiracy against American liberties, and the consequent Declaration of Independence. Professor Maier's great achievement is to explain how Americans came to contemplate and establish their independence, guided by principle, reason, and experience.
  

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Review: From Resistance to Revolution: Colonial Radicals and the Development of American Opposition to Britain 1765-76

User Review  - Mark Bowles - Goodreads

A. Introduction 1. When the Sons of Liberty organized against the Stamp Act in 1765 separation was shunned and independence was rarely mentioned 2. The main question for this book is why and when did ... Read full review

Review: From Resistance to Revolution: Colonial Radicals and the Development of American Opposition to Britain 1765-76

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Maier argues that the revolution was a slower process than once believed. The radicals rising up against the British were disorganized, but firmly rooted in English political tradition. Independence ... Read full review

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Contents

Popular Uprisings and Civil Authority
3
An Ideology of Resistance and Restraint
27
RESISTANCE
49
The Stamp Act Riots and Ordered Resistance 1765
51
The Intercolonial Sons of Liberty and Organized Resistance 17651766
77
Resistance in Transition 17671770
113
FROM RESISTANCE TO REVOLUTION
159
The International Sons of Liberty and the Ministerial Plot 17681770
161
The Implication of the King 17701772
198
The Making of an American Revolution 17721776
228
Republicans By Choice
271
THE SONS OF LIBERTY OF 17651766
297
A LIST OF UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPT SOURCES
313
INDEX
i
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About the author (1991)

Pauline Maier was born on April 27, 1938 in St. Paul, Minnesota. She received an undergraduate degree in American history and literature from Radcliffe College in 1960, studied at the London School of Economics and Political Science on a Fulbright scholarship, and received a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University. She was a history professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for three decades. She wrote several books including From Resistance to Revolution: Colonial Radicals and the Development of American Opposition to Britain, 1765-1776, The Old Revolutionaries: Political Lives in the Age of Samuel Adams, and American Sculpture: Making the Declaration of Independence. She won the George Washington Book Prize for Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788. She died of lung cancer on August 12, 2013 at the age of 75.

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