From Resistance to Revolution: Colonial Radicals and the Development of American Opposition to Britain, 1765-1776
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 1765-76User Review - Sean Chick - Goodreads
The first part is an illuminating discussion of the role of mobs in pre-1765 America and England. The book lost me after that. The prose is dry and the arguments are unoriginal. Maier would have done ... Read full review
Review: From Resistance to Revolution: Colonial Radicals and the Development of American Opposition to Britain 1765-76User Review - Mark Singer - Goodreads
Brilliant and essential look at the transformation of American resistance to British rule from 1765 to 1776. Read full review
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