Occupied America: British Military Rule and the Experience of Revolution

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University of Pennsylvania Press
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6.4 X 9.4 X 1.5 inches | 1.4 pounds

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About the Author
Donald F. Johnson is Assistant Professor of History at North Dakota State University.
"This is a wonderfully complex book that captures the ambiguities of life during the War for Independence. . . . The Revolution was not an event but a process, and it was a process in which military rule in the occupied cities took center stage."-- "Journal of the Early Republic"
"Interweaving the diverse perspectives and experiences of ordinary Americans, Johnson has crafted a fresh, comprehensive reinterpretation of the American Revolution."-- "Reviews in American History"
"Donald F. Johnson offers a worthy contribution to the renewed interest in the social history of the American Revolution as an experience lived by soldiers and civilians alike...Occupied America is chock-full of fascinating tales of survival that bring to life the mix of miseries, complexities, and cruelties of wartime that will resonate with anyone interested in military occupation from any period or place."-- "The Journal of Southern History"
"This excellent examination of a little-known aspect of the Revolution is a mustread for all people interested in the Revolution and makes an important contribution to the historiography of our nation's founding."-- "New York History"
"As Johnson demonstrates, war is almost always more complex than we remember it . . . [C]ontemporary scholars are doing a good job of illuminating the forgotten intricacies of nationality, ideology, race and gender in wartime."-- "The New York Times"
"Eighteenth-century cities were exciting places, and the drama only increased when British soldiers and sailors arrived in force. Donald F. Johnson is the first historian to take a broad view of the occupied cities of the American Revolution and uncover their surprises. Original, attractive, and full of rich portraits of life under British occupation, Johnson has produced an essential book."-- "Benjamin Carp, author of Defiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party and the Making of America"
"Donald F. Johnson's Occupied America is a deeply researched, well-argued, thoughtful, and engaging piece of work. Johnson goes well beyond existing scholarship in his analysis, and his core argument-that the occupation experience 'caused the king's cause to rot from the inside out'-is effectively developed and persuasive."-- "Eric Hinderaker, author of Boston's Massacre"