assesses the events, politics, economic factors and military preparations of 1775 that he believes ignited the war and established Patriot control over American governance and key territories. 150,000 first printing.
Baker & Taylor
An unconventional assessment of the American Revolution examines the events, politics, economic factors, and military preparations of 1775 that ignited the war and established patriot control over American governance and key territories.
Phillips, author of many historical works, continues his investigation of grassroots America in this study of the important events of 1775, the year that the Continental Congress first met and American Patriots began to capture British forts. His new view of the American colonies and how they managed to become the United States emphasizes the year's optimism, military successes, and the role of four colonies as the vanguard of the Revolution: Massachusetts, Virginia, Connecticut, and South Carolina. He examines religious and economic factors of the budding Revolution, describes the Revolution's major political and military arenas as they emerged and developed in 1775, and analyzes the significance of the principal campaigns and confrontations of the year. The book includes b&w historical illustrations and historical maps. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The contrarian historian and analyst upends the conventional reading of the American Revolution
In 1775, iconoclastic historian and bestselling author Kevin Phillips punctures the myth that 1776 was the watershed year of the American Revolution. He suggests that the great events and confrontations of 1775--Congress's belligerent economic ultimatums to Britain, New England's rage militaire, the exodus of British troops and expulsion of royal governors up and down the seaboard, and the new provincial congresses and hundreds of local committees that quickly reconstituted local authority in Patriot hands--achieved a sweeping Patriot control of territory and local government that Britain was never able to overcome. These each added to the Revolution's essential momentum so when the British finally attacked in great strength the following year, they could not regain the control they had lost in 1775.
Analyzing the political climate, economic structures, and military preparations, as well as the roles of ethnicity, religion, and class, Phillips tackles the eighteenth century with the same skill and insights he has shown in analyzing contemporary politics and economics. The result is a dramatic narrative brimming with original insights.1775 revolutionizes our understanding of America's origins.