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The Resource Scars of independence : America's violent birth, Holger Hoock

Scars of independence : America's violent birth, Holger Hoock

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Scars of independence : America's violent birth
Title
Scars of independence
Title remainder
America's violent birth
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Holger Hoock
Title variation
Scars of independence
Title variation remainder
Americas violent birth
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Language
eng
Summary
"The American Revolution is often portrayed as an orderly, restrained rebellion, with brave patriots defending their noble ideals against an oppressive empire. It's a stirring narrative, and one the founders did their best to encourage after the war. But as historian Holger Hoock shows in this deeply researched and elegantly written account of America's founding, the Revolution was not only a high-minded battle over principles, but also a profoundly violent civil war--one that shaped the nation, and the British Empire, in ways we have only begun to understand. In Scars of Independence, Hoock writes the violence back into the story of the Revolution. American Patriots persecuted and tortured Loyalists. British troops massacred enemy soldiers and raped colonial women. Prisoners were starved on disease-ridden ships and in subterranean cells. African-Americans fighting for or against independence suffered disproportionately, and Washington's army waged a genocidal campaign against the Iroquois. In vivid, authoritative prose, Hoock's new reckoning also examines the moral dilemmas posed by this all-pervasive violence, as the British found themselves torn between unlimited war and restraint toward fellow subjects, while the Patriots documented war crimes in an ingenious effort to unify the fledgling nation. For two centuries we have whitewashed this history of the Revolution. Scars of Independence forces a more honest appraisal, revealing the inherent tensions between moral purpose and violent tendencies in America's past. In so doing, it offers a new origins story that is both relevant and necessary--an important reminder that forging a nation is rarely bloodless."--Jacket
Summary
According to historian Holger Hoock, the American Revolution wasn't only a conflict over principles, but also a violent civil war whose legacy historians have only recently recognized. In Scars of Independence, he carefully assesses how this violence affected everyone: Patriot and Loyalist civilians, military personnel on all sides, Native Americans, and free and enslaved blacks. Hoock's balanced and accessible historical analysis includes explicit descriptions of atrocities, which may be disturbing to some readers. -- Description by Katherine Bradley Johnson
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10563183
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
973
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
E209
LC item number
.H657 2017
Literary form
non fiction
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adult
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America's violent birth
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Scars of independence : America's violent birth, Holger Hoock
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
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text
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txt
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rdacontent.
Contents
Tory-hunting -- Britain's dilemma -- Rubicon -- Plundering protectors -- Violated bodies -- Slaughterhouses -- Black holes -- Skiver them! Skiver them! -- Town-destroyer -- Americanizing the war -- Man for man -- Returning losers
Control code
21423051
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xvi, 559 pages
Isbn
9780804137287
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2016031348
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Label
Scars of independence : America's violent birth, Holger Hoock
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Tory-hunting -- Britain's dilemma -- Rubicon -- Plundering protectors -- Violated bodies -- Slaughterhouses -- Black holes -- Skiver them! Skiver them! -- Town-destroyer -- Americanizing the war -- Man for man -- Returning losers
Control code
21423051
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xvi, 559 pages
Isbn
9780804137287
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2016031348
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps

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