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The Resource Unshackling America : how the War of 1812 truly ended the American Revolution, Willard Sterne Randall

Unshackling America : how the War of 1812 truly ended the American Revolution, Willard Sterne Randall

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Unshackling America : how the War of 1812 truly ended the American Revolution
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Unshackling America
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how the War of 1812 truly ended the American Revolution
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Willard Sterne Randall
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eng
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"Unshackling America challenges the persistent fallacy that Americans fought two separate wars of independence. Williard Sterne Randall documents an unremitting fifty-year-long struggle for economic independence from Britain overlapping two armed conflicts linked by an unacknowledged global struggle. Throughout this perilous period, the struggle was all about free trade. Neither Jefferson nor any other Founding Father could divine that the Revolutionary Period of 1763 to 1783 had concluded only one part, the first phase of their ordeal. The Treaty of Paris of 1783 at the end of the Revolutionary War halted overt combat but had achieved only partial political autonomy from Britain. By not guaranteeing American economic independence and agency, Britain continued to deny American sovereignty. Randall details the fifty years and persistent attempts by the British to control American trade waters, but he also shows how, despite the outrageous restrictions, the United States asserted the doctrine of neutral rights and developed the world's second largest merchant fleet as it absorbed the French Caribbean trade. American ships carrying trade increased five-fold between 1790 and 1800, its tonnage nearly doubling again between 1800 and 1812, ultimately making the United States the world's largest independent maritime power"--Provided by publisher
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  • In this detailed, if occasionally dense, account, Randall (Ethan Allen: His Life and Times), professor emeritus of history at Champlain College, argues that the War of 1812 was not a discrete conflict, but rather the culmination of a long struggle for U.S. economic independence that began with the American Revolution. Even after America gained its political freedom, post-Revolution tensions with Britain made the young republic a place of uneasy peace. As Randall demonstrates, British restrictions concerning the transportation of British goods put economic pressure on the U.S., leading to clashes over issues that included naval impressment and retaliatory smuggling. Revisiting such famous events as the Chesapeake affair, in which a British ship fired on and mustered an American crew, Randall brings to life the violent skirmishes that played out in the name of trade on sea, lake, and land. Although his account covers mostly well-trod historical territory, it nonetheless helps elucidate the complex international entanglements that shaped both the revolutionary period and its aftermath. At times, sudden leaps in time and place can make the narrative hard to follow, but readers interested in the minutiae of military history will invariably find something of interest here. Agent: Don Fehr, Trident Media. (July)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 05/01/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 18, p)
  • Randall (Emeritus, History/Champlain Coll.; Ethan Allen: His Life and Times, 2014, etc.) elaborates on the war that shouldn't have been fought and that no one won or lost.The War of 1812 was the culmination of a decadeslong trade war between England and the United States. The British colonies existed only to supply raw materials and purchase British goods. The author begins in 1759, at the end of the Seven Years' War. With the expulsion of the French from the Americas, settlers were ready to move west only to find England denying them access to lands and the fur trade. Regulations poured out of London under George III, determining what America could and could not trade. This was sufficient cause for a revolution, but the problems continued after independence. While Britain fought Napoleon and his forces in Europe, America determined to remain neutral. The British began taking American ships, claiming they were transporting war materiel and impressing English "deserters." Randall's lengthy background information causes the early narrative to plod, but it does help to expose the futility of the war. Britain actually repealed orders for embargoes and ship confiscations, but word didn't arrive in Washington until a month after war was declared. Neither side was prepared, nor could they afford a war. With the fall of Napoleon, the need for impressing sailors, and the true cause of the war, had ended; America had little naval might to counter Britain's vast armada. When it came down to the fighting, American military leaders were woefully inadequate. The British union with Tecumseh and his confederacy tilted the scales at first toward the English. Even major successes could not unite the states, especially in the anti-war Northeast. It was only the burning of Washington by the savage George Cockburn that united the country with a will to fight. An overlong but well-researched history that shows how the War of 1812 created America's final separation from England.(Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2017)
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Randall, Willard Sterne
Dewey number
973.5/2
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
no index present
LC call number
E354
LC item number
.R36 2017
Literary form
non fiction
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  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • Free trade
  • Free trade
  • United States
  • Great Britain
  • Merchant marine
  • International trade
  • World politics
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adult
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how the War of 1812 truly ended the American Revolution
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Unshackling America : how the War of 1812 truly ended the American Revolution, Willard Sterne Randall
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 427-442) and index
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Contents
"A Glow of Patriotic Fire" -- "Salutary Neglect" -- "Force Prevails Now Everywhere" -- "For Cutting Off Our Trade" -- "To The Shores of Tripoli" -- "The Reign of Witches" -- "Free Trade and Sailors Rights" -- "War Now! War Always!" -- "Remember the Raisin" -- "Purified As by Fire" -- "Father, Listen to Your Children" -- "You Shall Now Feel the Effects of War" -- "Destroy and Lay Waste" -- "Hard War" -- "So Proudly We Hail" -- "I Must Not Be Lost"
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 452 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781250111838
Lccn
2017004246
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
Other control number
40027300172
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • 983786052
  • (OCoLC)983786052
Label
Unshackling America : how the War of 1812 truly ended the American Revolution, Willard Sterne Randall
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 427-442) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
"A Glow of Patriotic Fire" -- "Salutary Neglect" -- "Force Prevails Now Everywhere" -- "For Cutting Off Our Trade" -- "To The Shores of Tripoli" -- "The Reign of Witches" -- "Free Trade and Sailors Rights" -- "War Now! War Always!" -- "Remember the Raisin" -- "Purified As by Fire" -- "Father, Listen to Your Children" -- "You Shall Now Feel the Effects of War" -- "Destroy and Lay Waste" -- "Hard War" -- "So Proudly We Hail" -- "I Must Not Be Lost"
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 452 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781250111838
Lccn
2017004246
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40027300172
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • 983786052
  • (OCoLC)983786052

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