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The Resource The battle for the fourteenth colony : America's war of liberation in Canada, 1774-1776, Mark R. Anderson

The battle for the fourteenth colony : America's war of liberation in Canada, 1774-1776, Mark R. Anderson

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The battle for the fourteenth colony : America's war of liberation in Canada, 1774-1776
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The battle for the fourteenth colony
Title remainder
America's war of liberation in Canada, 1774-1776
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Mark R. Anderson
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  • Battle for the 14th colony
  • battle for the fourteenth colony
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Americas war of liberation in Canada, 1774/1776
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eng
Summary
In this dramatic retelling of one of history's great "what-ifs," Mark R. Anderson examines the American colonies' campaign to bring Quebec into the Continental confederation and free the Canadians from British "tyranny." This significant reassessment of a little-studied campaign examines developments on both sides of the border that rapidly proceeded from peaceful diplomatic overtures to a sizable armed intervention. The military narrative encompasses Richard Montgomery's plodding initial operations, Canadian partisan cooperation with officers like Ethan Allen, and the harrowing experiences of Benedict Arnold's Kennebec expedition, as well as the sudden collapse of British defenses that secured the bulk of the province for the rebel cause. The book provides new insight into both Montgomery's tragic Quebec City defeat and a small but highly significant loyalist uprising in the rural northern parishes that was suppressed by Arnold and his Canadian patriot allies. Anderson closely examines the evolving relationships between occupiers and occupied, showing how rapidly changing circumstances variously fostered cooperation and encouraged resistance among different Canadian elements. The book homes in on the key political and military factors that ultimately doomed America's first foreign war of liberation and resulted in the Continental Army's decisive expulsion from Canada on the eve of the Declaration of Independence. The first full treatment of this fascinating chapter in Revolutionary War history in over a century, Anderson's account is especially revealing in its presentation of contentious British rule in Quebec, and of Continental beliefs that Canadiens would greet the soldiers as liberators and allies in a common fight against the British yoke
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  • Independent scholar Anderson makes a significant contribution to a neglected aspect of the American Revolution in this comprehensive, well-written monograph. He describes the Quebec Campaign of 1775–76 as the U.S.’s “first war of liberation.” The Canadians’ correspondence with the “Bostonians” led to the United Colonies’ decision “to erect the glorious standard of American liberty in Canada.” In the context of ongoing protests in Quebec against colonial policies, the movement needed “only a few sparks... to ignite a rebellion.” The ostensible liberators, including Benedict Arnold’s small outfit, initially found the Quebecois “ready to embrace the patriot cause.” Montreal submitted quietly to the Americans, but they were unable to force or negotiate Quebec’s surrender; the disastrous attack by the Americans on December 31, 1775, inspired resistance the Americans couldn’t suppress or conciliate. “Continental maladministration” handicapped the emergence of effective civilian leadership, and Anderson’s thorough description of the convoluted situation is a major strength of the book. While the main American force deteriorated in the face of Quebecois resistance, its Canadian supporters sought rural support, but their “increasingly revolutionary” approach generated “progovernment insurrection” instead. The arrival of a British relief force resulted in the subsequent abandonment of an invasion that the Continental Congress was “unprepared to control, adequately guide, or properly support.” (Nov.) --Staff (Reviewed August 19, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 33, p)
  • Anderson sheds light on a little-known episode of the Revolutionary War, highlighting an ill-fated campaign to bring Canada into the fold of American colonies. A military historian and retired U.S. Air Force officer, the author combines his knowledge of military strategy and tactics with in-depth research to demonstrate how the American tendency to intervene to "save" foreigners and guide them to democracy started even before the country technically existed. As Anderson notes in his introduction, the Canadian campaign foreshadowed later U.S. efforts—including recent forays into Iraq and Afghanistan. Indeed, while reading his book, it's hard not to be reminded how strongly "America as liberator" is entrenched in U.S. culture, militarily and politically. Anderson outlines various segments of the Canadian campaign and shows how patriot zeal led the nascent united American colonies to overstretch their resources without having a larger plan quite worked out. Thus, Canada's chances of becoming the 14th colony devolved into bad behavior by conscripts, lack of follow-through on economic promises, and misunderstandings related to language and culture. VERDICT While it may be of less interest to readers outside of New England, Ontario, and Quebec, Anderson's well-researched and thoughtful book brings a fascinating piece of history to the forefront. Recommended.— Elizabeth Goldman, Perth & District Union P.L., Perth, Ont. --Elizabeth Goldman (Reviewed October 1, 2013) (Library Journal, vol 138, issue 18, p83)
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10225687
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1966-
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Anderson, Mark R.
Dewey number
971.02/4
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
E231
LC item number
.A64 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Canadian Invasion, 1775-1776
  • Québec (Québec)
  • United States
Target audience
adult
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America's war of liberation in Canada, 1774/1776
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The battle for the fourteenth colony : America's war of liberation in Canada, 1774-1776, Mark R. Anderson
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 417-429) and index
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volume
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text
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rdacontent
Contents
The only link wanting: the First Continental Congress invites Canada -- New subjects to the king: Canadians and the Province of Quebec -- Fuel for rebellion: the British party and the Quebec Act of 1774 -- Authors and agitators: patriot correspondence and John Brown's mission -- Preemptive strikes: Ticonderoga and Fort St-Jean -- That damned absurd word "liberty": Quebec's own rebellion -- To erect the glorious standard of American liberty in Canada: the decision to intervene -- The Canadians opened the road: continentals and partisans on the Richelieu River -- The treachery and villainy of the Canadians: collaboration, resistance, and siege in the Montreal District -- Another path to the heart of Quebec: Canada's capital, Hannibal's heir, and the Kennebec Expedition -- To winter in Canada: "free" Montreal and Fortress Quebec -- Time to consider politics: the Continental Congress, the Northern Army, and a Committee for Canada -- Contest of wills at Quebec: the fortress capital; key to victory? -- The question of loyalists: General Wooster and "liberated" Montreal, 1775 -- A critical month: Wooster's Montreal, January 1776 -- Evolving occupation: Montreal and the struggle for the Canadian spirit -- A spirit of cooperation and understanding: William Goforth, Jean-Baptiste Badeaux, and Trois-Rivières -- Patriot zealots: Benedict Arnold, Canadian patriots, and the Quebec City blockade -- Spring of unrest: a Canadian battle in the Quebec District -- A late-changing cast: new continental leadership for Canada -- May tides: new arrivals and massive change for the province -- The sad necessity of abandoning Canada: military collapse and the end of the Canadian continental experience -- The causes of the miscarriages in Canada: Carleton and Congress investigate the failures -- Conclusion: misinterpretations and missteps in a war to spread democracy
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiv, 438 pages
Isbn
9781611684971
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2013018801
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • 840463253
  • (OCoLC)840463253
Label
The battle for the fourteenth colony : America's war of liberation in Canada, 1774-1776, Mark R. Anderson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 417-429) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The only link wanting: the First Continental Congress invites Canada -- New subjects to the king: Canadians and the Province of Quebec -- Fuel for rebellion: the British party and the Quebec Act of 1774 -- Authors and agitators: patriot correspondence and John Brown's mission -- Preemptive strikes: Ticonderoga and Fort St-Jean -- That damned absurd word "liberty": Quebec's own rebellion -- To erect the glorious standard of American liberty in Canada: the decision to intervene -- The Canadians opened the road: continentals and partisans on the Richelieu River -- The treachery and villainy of the Canadians: collaboration, resistance, and siege in the Montreal District -- Another path to the heart of Quebec: Canada's capital, Hannibal's heir, and the Kennebec Expedition -- To winter in Canada: "free" Montreal and Fortress Quebec -- Time to consider politics: the Continental Congress, the Northern Army, and a Committee for Canada -- Contest of wills at Quebec: the fortress capital; key to victory? -- The question of loyalists: General Wooster and "liberated" Montreal, 1775 -- A critical month: Wooster's Montreal, January 1776 -- Evolving occupation: Montreal and the struggle for the Canadian spirit -- A spirit of cooperation and understanding: William Goforth, Jean-Baptiste Badeaux, and Trois-Rivières -- Patriot zealots: Benedict Arnold, Canadian patriots, and the Quebec City blockade -- Spring of unrest: a Canadian battle in the Quebec District -- A late-changing cast: new continental leadership for Canada -- May tides: new arrivals and massive change for the province -- The sad necessity of abandoning Canada: military collapse and the end of the Canadian continental experience -- The causes of the miscarriages in Canada: Carleton and Congress investigate the failures -- Conclusion: misinterpretations and missteps in a war to spread democracy
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiv, 438 pages
Isbn
9781611684971
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2013018801
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • 840463253
  • (OCoLC)840463253

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