By James Kirby Martin, Mark Edward Lender
A completely revised and up-to-date 3rd version of the main verified and cutting edge ancient research of the Continental military and its position within the formation of the hot republic.
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- Includes absolutely up-to-date assurance of the army, political, social, and cultural heritage of the Revolution
- Features maps, illustrations, a word on progressive struggle historical past and Historiography, and a completely remodeled Bibliographical Essay
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However, their rebellion was going to be much longer and more enervating than they could have imagined back in April 1775. By late 1776, patriot leaders would be consciously reverting to the French and Indian War pattern of seeking out the unpropertied in their midst for long‐term military service in the quest to defend liberty and implant republicanism in America for the propertied members of society. The Tyranny of Standing Armies In 1774, one distressed American writer gave ample summary to a whole lexicon of provincial perceptions about why the specter of tyranny seemed so real.
Until the bitter experience of war proved otherwise, Lord North’s ministry sincerely believed that the majority of Americans were loyal to the King, and that all the trouble stemmed from a minority of republican fanatics who 26 Lexington, Concord, and the Myths of the War, 1763–1775 had deluded or cowed their neighbors. ” Who were the oppressors? The gulf of perceptions between the parent nation and the provincials could not have been wider. Notes 1 Bailyn, The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution (Cambridge, MA, 1967), 56–58.
The ideal was universal military obligation, training, and service, which implied knowledge of, and the right to bear, arms in defense of liberty and property. In actuality, the military component of the concept of citizenship in late colonial America extended only as far as the outer limits of property holding. Major combat and elaborate offensive operations, such as those conducted during the Seven Years’ War, had drawn most heavily on the unprivileged and downtrodden who had been converted into quasi‐regulars in arms (for the duration of the war instead of for life).