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Author Parkinson, Robert G., author.

Title The common cause : creating race and nation in the American Revolution / Robert G. Parkinson.

Publication Info. Chapel Hill : Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia, by the University of North Carolina Press, [2016]


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  973.31 P229c 2016    ---  Available
 Axe Special Collections Reitz  973.31 P229c 2016 c.2  ---  Lib Use Only
1 copy being processed for Axe Acquisitions Order.
Description xi, 742 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
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Summary "In this pathbreaking book, Robert Parkinson argues that to unify the patriot side, political and communications leaders linked British tyranny to colonial prejudices, stereotypes, and fears about insurrectionary slaves and violent Indians. Manipulating newspaper networks, Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, and their fellow agitators broadcast stories of British agents inciting African Americans and Indians to take up arms against the American rebellion. Using rhetoric like "domestic insurrectionists" and "merciless savages," the founding fathers rallied the people around a common enemy and made racial prejudice a cornerstone of the new Republic"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents "A work of difficulty": communication networks, newspapers, and the common cause -- Interlude: the "shot heard 'round the world" revisited -- "Britain has found means to unite us": 1775 -- Merciless savages, domestic insurrectionists, and foreign mercenaries: independence -- "By the American Revolution you are now free": sticking together in trying times -- "It is the cause of heaven against hell": to the Carlisle Commission, 1777-1778 -- Interlude: Franklin and Lafayette's "Little book" -- "A striking picture of barbarity": Wyoming to the disaster at Savannah, 1778-1779 -- "This class of Britain's heroes": From the fall of Charleston to Yorktown -- "The substance is truth": after Yorktown, 1782-1783 -- "New provocations": The political and cultural consequences of revolutionary war stories.
Subject United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Propaganda.
United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Social aspects.
Racism -- United States -- History -- 18th century.
American Revolution (1775-1783) (OCoLC)fst01351668
Racism. (OCoLC)fst01086616
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Chronological Term 1700-1799
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9781469626635 (cloth : alk. paper)
1469626632 (cloth : alk. paper)
9781469626925 (ebook)

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