Political Analyst Kevin Phillips on His New Book: 1775 A Good Year For Revolution

11/29/12 Robert Lorei
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In his new book 1775, political analyst Kevin Phillips punctures the myth that 1776 was the most important year of the American Revolution. Instead, he argues 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. Phillips also looks at the divisions among the columnists, the difference in revolutionary fervor from colony to colony and the impact race had on the American Revolution.

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