A useful information to present historic considering on the American Revolution


A handy guide to current historical thinking on the American Revolution

The July subject of the Journal of Army Historical past has article by Purdue historian T. Cole Jones on the remedy of Tories throughout the American Revolution. I didn’t know, for instance, that historians now suppose that 19 p.c of white American adults opposed the revolution.

Nor did I do know that circumstances on the American jail ships had been worse than these on the British ones. (I did know that the Newgate jail, simply north of Hartford, CT, was terrible — prisoners had been put in an previous copper mine, almost 70 toes beneath floor. I carry on which means to go to it however it was closed for renovations the final time I used to be within the space.)

However what I actually favored about Jones’s article had been the footnotes, which quantity to a bibliography of current historic work on the American Revolution.

Meantime, a guide overview elsewhere in the identical July subject has a terrific “lead,” or “lede,” as journalists write it. Asks the Naval Academy’s Richard Ruth, “How do you remedy an issue like Norodom Sihanouk?”

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