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

User Review  - Tristan - Goodreads

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A LIST OF UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPT SOURCES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
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About the author (1991)

Pauline Maier is William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of History at MIT.

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