Rebels Rising

Rebels Rising : Cities and the American Revolution

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The cities of eighteenth-century America packed together tens of thousands of colonists, who met each other in back rooms and plotted political tactics, debated the issues of the day in taverns, and mingled together on the wharves or in the streets. In this fascinating work, historian Benjamin L. Carp shows how these various urban meeting places provided the tinder and spark for the American Revolution. Carp focuses closely on political activity in colonial America's five most populous cities-in particular, he examines Boston's waterfront community, New York tavern-goers, Newport congregations, Charleston's elite patriarchy, and the common people who gathered outside Philadelphia's State House. He shows how-because of their tight concentrations of people and diverse mixture of inhabitants-the largest cities offered fertile ground for political consciousness, political persuasion, and political action. The book traces how everyday interactions in taverns, wharves, and elsewhere slowly developed into more serious political activity. Ultimately, the residents of cities became the first to voice their discontent.
Merchants began meeting to discuss the repercussions of new laws, printers fired up provocative pamphlets, and protesters took to the streets. Indeed, the cities became the flashpoints for legislative protests, committee meetings, massive outdoor gatherings, newspaper harangues, boycotts, customs evasion, violence and riots-all of which laid the groundwork for war. Ranging from 1740 to 1780, this groundbreaking work contributes significantly to our understanding of the American Revolution. By focusing on some of the most pivotal events of the eighteenth century as they unfolded in the most dynamic places in America, this book illuminates how city dwellers joined in various forms of political activity that helped make the Revolution possible.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 25.4mm | 521.63g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195378555
  • 9780195378559

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What Carl Bridenbaugh's Cities in Revolt and Gary Nash's Urban Crucible were to their generations of historians, Benjamin Carp's fascinating study of the revolution in the five major colonial cities is to the present time. * William Pencak, Pennsylvania State University * Carp's book is the result of seemingly indefatigable research; the range of primary and secondary sources he draws on is stunning. He also engages, fearlessly, the several generations of scholars who precede him, and links his project with a wide variety of approaches and methods, all in highly readable prose. * Jane Kamensky, Brandeis University * Rebels Rising is a tour de force. Carp re-energizes the study of revolutionary political mobilization. * David Waldstreicher, Temple University * Benjamin Carp's intensively researched and elegantly crafted book is easily the most important study of the coming of the American Revolution to appear in nearly three decades. * John M. Murrin, Princeton University * Carp's account of the forgotten cities that fomented the Revolution is intriguing. * Publishers Weekly *
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About Benjamin L. Carp

Benjamin L. Carp is Assistant Professor of History at Tufts University.
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