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This list relates to the 2017-18 which ended on 18/08/2018
  1. Week 1: Introduction 2 items
    1. American colonies - Alan Taylor 2002

      Book  Chapter 1 (digitised).

    2. Whose American Revolution was it?: historians interpret the founding - Alfred Fabian Young, Gregory H. Nobles 2011

      Book  Available in the Library and as an e-book. pp. 13-134.

  2. Week 2: Colonial American Society 4 items
    What would you say were the most distinctive characteristics of colonial American society? What connected Americans to their British cousins?
    1. American colonies - Alan Taylor 2002

      Book  Chapter 15, 'Awakenings'.

    2. From colonials to provincials: American thought and culture, 1680-1760 - Ned C. Landsman 2000

      Book  Chapter 3, 'Provincial Enlightenments' (digitised).

    3. "Pedlar in divinity": George Whitefield and the transatlantic revivals, 1737-1770 - Frank Lambert 1994

      Book  Chapters 1, 2 and 3 (chapter 1 digitised).

  3. Week 3: Challenges of War and Government 4 items
    What conflicts did the Seven Years War create between Britons and Americans? What faultlines in colonial society did it reveal?
    1. Mandatory Reading: 4 items
      1. American colonies - Alan Taylor 2002

        Book  Chapter 2.

      2. The scratch of a pen: 1763 and the transformation of North America - Colin G. Calloway 2006

        Book  Available in the Library and as an e-book. Chapter 3.

      3. A people's army: Massachusetts soldiers and society in the Seven Years' War - Fred Anderson 1984

        Book  Section II, 'The Experience of War'.

      4. Digital Paxton

        Webpage  We will also look at this website devoted to the Paxton Boys incident in Western PA of 1764.

  4. Week 4: Crisis in Britain's American Empire 5 items
    What were the chief causes of the crisis? How did the crisis become a rebellion?
    1. Mandatory Reading: 5 items
      1. American colonies - Alan Taylor 2002

        Book  Chapter 3.

      2. Education from LVA: Society of Patriotic Ladies

        Webpage  Look at this website about the Edenton Tea Party cartoon of 1774.

      3. The marketplace of revolution: how consumer politics shaped American independence - T. H. Breen 2004 (electronic book)

        Book  Chapter 6, 'Strength out of Dependence: Strategies of Consumer Resistance in an Empire of Goods'.

      4. The ideological origins of the American Revolution - Bernard Bailyn 1992

        Book  Chapter 4, 'The Logic of Rebellion' (digitised).

      5. We will also read some short newspaper articles from the 1770s.

  5. Week 5: Declaring Independence 3 items
    What motivated Americans to declare independence? What did the authors of the Declaration of Independence want to achieve with their document?
    1. Mandatory Reading: 3 items
      1. American colonies - Alan Taylor 2002

        Book  Chapter 4.

      2. Revolutionary founders: rebels, radicals, and reformers in the making of the nation - Alfred Fabian Young, Gary B. Nash, Ray Raphael 2011

        Book  Chapter 4: Nash, 'Philadelphia’s Radical Caucus That Propelled Pennsylvania to Independence and Democracy' and chapter 11: Calloway, 'Declaring Independence and Rebuilding a Nation: Dragging Canoe and the Chickamauga Revolution'.

  6. Week 6: The Revolutionary War: Fighting the British 4 items
    Was it colonial efficiency or British failure that led to American victory? Was war a transformative experience for Americans?
    1. American colonies - Alan Taylor 2002

      Book  Chapter 5.

    2. The Military Conflict considered as a Revolutionary War - John Shy

      Chapter  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

    3. Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution, and the Fate of the Empire - Andrew Jackson O'Shaughnessy 2013 (electronic resource)

      Book  Chapter 7, '"Bagging the Fox": Charles, Earl Cornwallis'.

    4. Revolutionary founders: rebels, radicals, and reformers in the making of the nation - Alfred Fabian Young, Gary B. Nash, Ray Raphael 2011

      Book  Chapter 7, 'Phillip Mead, “Adventures, Dangers and Sufferings”: The Betrayals of Private Joseph Plumb Martin, Continental Soldier'.

  7. Week 7: The Revolutionary War: Fighting Each Other 4 items
    To what extent was the Revolutionary War a Civil War? Did the American victory translate into a triumph for Patriotism over Loyalism?
    1. Mandatory Reading: 4 items
      1. American colonies - Alan Taylor 2002

        Book  Chapter 6.

      2. Revolutionary founders: rebels, radicals, and reformers in the making of the nation - Alfred Fabian Young, Gary B. Nash, Ray Raphael 2011

        Book  Chapter 8: McDonnell, 'The Spirit of Levelling”: James Cleveland, Edward Wright, and the Militiamen’s Struggle for Equality in Revolutionary Virginia'.

      3. Water from the rock: Black resistance in a revolutionary age - Sylvia R. Frey 1991

        Book  Chapter 3, 'The Triagonal War: British Invasion and Occupation of South Carolina' (digitised).

  8. Week 8: The Revolution and the North American Continent 4 items
    What were the attitudes of Patriot leaders towards the Indians, Canadians, and Europeans on their Western and Northern horizon? How did these North Americans who lived far away from the urban centres of Revolutionary protest experience the conflict?
    1. Mandatory Reading: 4 items
      1. American colonies - Alan Taylor 2002

        Book  Chapter 7.

      2. Whose American Revolution was it?: historians interpret the founding - Alfred Fabian Young, Gregory H. Nobles 2011

        Book  Part 2, chapter 3, 'Indian Country'. Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      3. Independence lost: lives on the edge of the American Revolution - Kathleen DuVal 2016

        Book  Chapter 11, 'Independence Gained or Lost?'.

  9. Week 9: Revolution in an Atlantic World 5 items
    How did influences far beyond the thirteen colonies determine the nature of Revolutionary events within them? What was the impact of the Revolution on other parts of the Atlantic world?
    1. Mandatory Reading: 5 items
      1. American colonies - Alan Taylor 2002

        Book  Chapter 8.

      2. Revolutionary founders: rebels, radicals, and reformers in the making of the nation - Alfred Fabian Young, Gary B. Nash, Ray Raphael 2011

        Book  Chapter 9: Cassandra Pybus, 'Mary Perth, Harry Washington, and Moses Wilkinson: Black Methodists Who Escaped from Slavery and Founded a Nation'.

      3. The persistence of empire: British political culture in the age of the American Revolution - Eliga H. Gould 2000

        Book  Chapter 5, 'The Revolution in British Patriotism'.

  10. Week 10: Creating and Recreating Government 4 items
    What were the main problems encountered by Americans as they sought to create governments of their own? Why were the Articles of Confederation so ineffective as a document of Federal government?
    1. Mandatory Reading: 4 items
      1. American colonies - Alan Taylor 2002

        Book  Chapter 9.

      2. Revolutionary founders: rebels, radicals, and reformers in the making of the nation - Alfred Fabian Young, Gary B. Nash, Ray Raphael 2011

        Book  Chapter 13: Gregory Nobles, 'Satan, Smith, Shattuck, and Shays: The People’s Leaders in the Massachusetts Regulation of 1786'.

      3. The creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787 - Gordon S. Wood 1969

        Book  Chapter 10, 'Vices of the System' (digitised).

  11. Week 11: Making the Constitution 5 items
    How did Federalists overcome the strong opposition to their plan of government? Why was the Constitution not greeted with open arms by all Americans?
    1. Mandatory Reading: 5 items
      1. American colonies - Alan Taylor 2002

        Book  Chapter 10.

      2. The other founders: Anti-Federalism and the dissenting tradition in America, 1788-1828 - Saul Cornell 1999

        Book  Chapter 1, 'Ratification and the Politics of the Public Sphere'.

  12. General Texts 10 items
    1. The American Revolution - Edward Countryman 1991

      Book  Additional copy available at classmark E208.C7.

  13. Printed Primary Sources 6 items
    1. Harry T. Dickinson ed. British Pamphlets on the American Revolution, 1765-1785. 8 vols. (London, 2007-08) 

    2. John Adams: revolutionary writings 1755-1775 - John Adams, Gordon S. Wood 2011

      Book  2 vols.

  14. The Social and Governing Order in Colonial British America 12 items
    1. The scratch of a pen: 1763 and the transformation of North America - Colin G. Calloway 2006

      Book  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

    2. American colonies - Alan Taylor 2002

      Book 

  15. The Imperial Crisis 25 items
    1. Paul Revere's ride - David Hackett Fischer 1994

      Book  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

    2. Essays on the American Revolution - Stephen G. Kurtz, James H. Hutson 1973

      Book 

    3. The Boston Tea Party - Benjamin Woods Labaree 1964

      Book 

    4. The Stamp Act crisis: prologue to revolution - Edmund Sears Morgan, Helen M. Morgan 1953

      Book 

  16. Declaring Independence 10 items
  17. The Revolutionary War: Fighting the British 17 items
    1. Washington's crossing - David Hackett Fischer 2006

      Book 

    2. The minutemen and their world - Robert A. Gross, Alan Taylor 2001

      Book 

  18. The Revolutionary War: Fighting Each Other 14 items
    1. Loyalists and community in North America - Robert McCluer Calhoon, Timothy M. Barnes, George A. Rawlyk 1994

      Book 

  19. Creating and Recreating Government: Articles of Confederation and Writing of the Constitution 13 items
    1. Beyond confederation: origins of the constitution and American national identity - Richard R. Beeman, Stephen Botein, Edward Carlos Carter 1987

      Book 

    2. Reflections on American Law and the American Revolution - J. R. Pole 1993

      Article  And following responses to this article.

  20. The Revolution in Academic and Popular Context 7 items
    1. Whose American Revolution was it?: historians interpret the founding - Alfred Fabian Young, Gregory H. Nobles 2011 (electronic book)

      Book 

  21. The American Revolution and the Atlantic World 13 items
    1. The age of the democratic revolution: a political history of Europe and America, 1760-1800 - R. R. Palmer 1959

      Book  Chapters 1, 2, 6-9. Available in the Library and as an e-book.

    2. Janet Polasky, Revolutions without Borders: The Call to Liberty in the Atlantic World (New Haven, 2015)

    3. Eds. Elizabeth Maddock Dillon and Michael Drexler, The Haitian Revolution and the Early United States: Histories, Textualities and Geographies (Philadelphia, 2016)

    4. James Alexander Dun, Dangerous Neighbors: Making Haitian Revolution in Early America (Philadelphia, 2016)

  22. Ratifying the Constitution: Federalists and Anti-Federalists 11 items
    1. Ed. Stanley Elkins, Eric McKitrik and Leo Weinstein, Men of Little Faith: Selected Writings of Cecelia Kenyon (Boston, 2002)

    2. The Antifederalists: critics of the Constitution, 1781-1788 - Jackson T. Main 1961

      Book  Additional copy available at classmark JK119.M2F64.

    3. Ed. Jack Rakove, The Federalists: The Essential Essays by James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay (London, 2003)

    4. The creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787 - Gordon S. Wood 1969

      Book  Additional copy available at classmark JA84.U6W7F72.

  23. African-Americans, Native Americans, and Women 17 items
    1. Liberty tree: ordinary people and the American Revolution - Alfred Fabian Young, Harvey J. Kaye 2006

      Book 

  24. The New Republic 12 items
    1. Eds. Jan Lewis, Peter Onuf and James Horn, The Revolution of 1800: Democracy, Race, and the New Republic (Charlottesville, 2007)

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