463 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 29 halftones, appends., notes, index
Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia
The Continental Army and American Character, 1775-1783
1981 Francis Parkman Prize, Society of American Historians
1981 National Historical Society Book Prize
1981 Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award, Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York
1980 Silver Medal, Nonfiction, Commonwealth Club of California
1979 John D. Rockefeller III Award
In this highly acclaimed book, Charles Royster explores the mental processes and emotional crises that Americans faced in their first national war. He ranges imaginatively outside the traditional techniques of analytical historical exposition to build his portrait of how individuals and a populace at large faced the Revolution and its implications. The book was originally published by UNC Press in 1980.
"Represents a quantum leap in our understanding of the Revolution. . . . [The book] is social history, intellectual history, institutional history, political history, and not any single one of them, which is to say that it is good history."
--Edmund S. Morgan, New Republic
"To a far greater extent than is true of most historical monographs, it is a work of art. . . . No student of early American history should miss it."
--Journal of Southern History
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