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An Empire of Goods: The Anglicization of Colonial America, 1690–1776
Just before Christmas 1721 William Moore, described in court records as “a Pedler or Petty Chapman,” arrived in the frontier community of Berwick, Maine. Had Moore bothered to purchase a peddler'sExpand
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Tobacco Culture: The Mentality of the Great Tidewater Planters on the Eve of Revolution
The great Tidewater planters of mid-eighteenth-century Virginia were fathers of the American Revolution. Perhaps first and foremost, they were also anxious tobacco farmers, harried by a demandingExpand
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Ideology and Nationalism on the Eve of the American Revolution: Revisions Once More in Need of Revising
Inspiration for this essay came from an influential article that Edmund S. Morgan published more than forty years ago. "The American Revolution: Revisions in Need of Revising" might best beExpand
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The Marketplace of Revolution: How Consumer Politics Shaped American Independence
The Marketplace of Revolution offers a boldly innovative interpretation of the mobilization of ordinary Americans on the eve of independence. Breen explores how colonists who came from very differentExpand
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Horses and gentlemen: the cultural significance of gambling among the gentry of Virginia.
n the fall of i686 Durand of Dauphine, a French Huguenot, visited the capital of colonial Virginia. Durand regularly recorded in a journal what he saw and heard, providing one of the few firsthandExpand
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American Insurgents, American Patriots: The Revolution of the People
This is a story of rumour, charity, vengeance, and restraint. "American Insurgents, American Patriots" reminds us that revolutions are violent events. They provoke passion and rage, a willingness toExpand
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