Virginia s American Revolution

Author: Kevin R. C. Gutzman
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 0739121324
Release Date: 2007
Genre: History

Virginia's American Revolution focuses on the remaking of colonial Virginia into a republican society. It considers this topic with a focus on particular episodes, such as the Richmond Ratification Convention of 1788 and the adoption of the Virginia Resolutions of 1798, that brought the question 'What does it mean to be republican?' to the fore.

Forced Founders

Author: Woody Holton
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 9780807899861
Release Date: 2011-01-20
Genre: History

In this provocative reinterpretation of one of the best-known events in American history, Woody Holton shows that when Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and other elite Virginians joined their peers from other colonies in declaring independence from Britain, they acted partly in response to grassroots rebellions against their own rule. The Virginia gentry's efforts to shape London's imperial policy were thwarted by British merchants and by a coalition of Indian nations. In 1774, elite Virginians suspended trade with Britain in order to pressure Parliament and, at the same time, to save restive Virginia debtors from a terrible recession. The boycott and the growing imperial conflict led to rebellions by enslaved Virginians, Indians, and tobacco farmers. By the spring of 1776 the gentry believed the only way to regain control of the common people was to take Virginia out of the British Empire. Forced Founders uses the new social history to shed light on a classic political question: why did the owners of vast plantations, viewed by many of their contemporaries as aristocrats, start a revolution? As Holton's fast-paced narrative unfolds, the old story of patriot versus loyalist becomes decidedly more complex.

The Revolution in Virginia 1775 1783

Author: John E. Selby
Publisher: Colonial Williamsburg
ISBN: 0879352337
Release Date: 2007
Genre: History

Analyzes the political, administrative, and military history of Virginia during the American Revolution. Stressing the contributions, in both men and material, that the state made to the new nation's war effort, this work shows how Virginia's leaders responded to the need to expand the state's administration and mobilize its people for war.

West Virginians in the American Revolution

Author: Ross B. Johnston
Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Com
ISBN: 9780806307626
Release Date: 1977
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

The Revolutionary War soldiers identified in this work lived at one time or another in what is now the State of West Virginia, their military duties having been discharged in the service of other states. The data given for each soldier typically includes the name, age, date of birth, service record, date pension applied for and granted, place of residence, names of wife and children, and comrades-in-arms.

The American Revolution in the Southern Colonies

Author: David Lee Russell
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786407832
Release Date: 2000-01-01
Genre: History

As the American Revolution in the North drew to a stalemate around New York, in the South the British finally came to terms with the reality of defeat. Southern sites like Kings Mountain, Cowpens, Charleston, the Chesapeake and Yorktown were vital to American independence. The origin of the five Southern colonies - Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia - their development, the role of patriot and loyalist Southerner, and critical battles are examined. Included is a discussion of the leadership of the British forces and of the colonial patriots who inspired common citizens to fight for the sake of American independence.

In This Time of Extreme Danger

Author: Michael Cecere
Publisher: Heritage Books
ISBN: 9780788443046
Release Date: 2006-01-01
Genre: History

Residents of Northern Virginia played an instrumental role in the American Revolution. Fairfax County native, George Mason drafted Virginia[¬[s first boycott plan in 1769, and later drafted Virginia[¬[s first constitution and bill of rights. Prince William Co

Virginia Militia in the Revolutionary War

Author: J. T. McAllister
Publisher: Heritage Books
ISBN: 9781556132667
Release Date: 1913
Genre: History

Includes a listing of Virginia militia units and the actions in which they were engaged, abstracts of the pension applications of several hundred militia pensioners, lists of militia officers appointed by the various counties and a list of 1835 pensioners with militia service. M0266HB - $29.00

Richard Henry Lee of Virginia

Author: J. Kent McGaughy
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0742533859
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

In bridging the gap between Lee's private interests and public career, J. Kent McGaughy seeks to overturn many of the misconceptions about Lee and shows that, throughout his life, he remained dedicated to his family and public service.

Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death

Author: Patrick Henry
Publisher: Booklassic
ISBN: 9789635245499
Release Date: 2015-06-22
Genre: Political Science

"'Give me Liberty, or give me Death'!" is a famous quotation attributed to Patrick Henry from a speech he made to the Virginia Convention. It was given March 23, 1775, at St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia, and is credited with having swung the balance in convincing the Virginia House of Burgesses to pass a resolution delivering the Virginia troops to the Revolutionary War. Among the delegates to the convention were future US Presidents Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. Reportedly, those in attendance, upon hearing the speech, shouted, "To arms! To arms!"

Reclaiming the American Revolution

Author: William Watkins
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 1403963037
Release Date: 2004-01-17
Genre: History

Reclaiming the American Revolution examines the struggles for political ascendancy between Federalists and the Republicans in the early days of the American Republic. Watkins views the struggle through the lens of the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions, charters written by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison respectively, that were responses to the Alien and Sedition Acts passed by Federalists that, among other things, made criticism of the federal government a crime. Viewing those acts as a threat to states' rights, as well as indicative of a national government that sought supreme power, the Resolutions restated the principles of the American Revolution and sought to return the nation to the tenets of the Constitution, in which rights for all were protected by checking the power of the national government.

American Revolutions A Continental History 1750 1804

Author: Alan Taylor
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393253870
Release Date: 2016-09-06
Genre: History

“Excellent . . . deserves high praise. Mr. Taylor conveys this sprawling continental history with economy, clarity, and vividness.”—Brendan Simms, Wall Street Journal The American Revolution is often portrayed as a high-minded, orderly event whose capstone, the Constitution, provided the nation its democratic framework. Alan Taylor, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, gives us a different creation story in this magisterial history. The American Revolution builds like a ground fire overspreading Britain’s colonies, fueled by local conditions and resistant to control. Emerging from the continental rivalries of European empires and their native allies, the revolution pivoted on western expansion as well as seaboard resistance to British taxes. When war erupted, Patriot crowds harassed Loyalists and nonpartisans into compliance with their cause. The war exploded in set battles like Saratoga and Yorktown and spread through continuing frontier violence. The discord smoldering within the fragile new nation called forth a movement to concentrate power through a Federal Constitution. Assuming the mantle of “We the People,” the advocates of national power ratified the new frame of government. But it was Jefferson’s expansive “empire of liberty” that carried the revolution forward, propelling white settlement and slavery west, preparing the ground for a new conflagration.