Rebels Rising Cities and the American Revolution

Paperback | March 15, 2009

byBenjamin L. Carp

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The cities of eighteenth-century America packed together tens of thousands of colonists, who met each other in back rooms and plotted political tactics, debated the issues of the day in taverns, and mingled together on the wharves or in the streets. In this fascinating work, historian BenjaminL. Carp shows how these various urban meeting places provided the tinder and spark for the American Revolution. Carp focuses closely on political activity in colonial America's five most populous cities--in particular, he examines Boston's waterfront community, New York tavern-goers, Newport congregations, Charleston's elite patriarchy, and the common people who gathered outside Philadelphia's State House.He shows how--because of their tight concentrations of people and diverse mixture of inhabitants--the largest cities offered fertile ground for political consciousness, political persuasion, and political action. The book traces how everyday interactions in taverns, wharves, and elsewhere slowlydeveloped into more serious political activity. Ultimately, the residents of cities became the first to voice their discontent. Merchants began meeting to discuss the repercussions of new laws, printers fired up provocative pamphlets, and protesters took to the streets. Indeed, the cities became theflashpoints for legislative protests, committee meetings, massive outdoor gatherings, newspaper harangues, boycotts, customs evasion, violence and riots--all of which laid the groundwork for war. Ranging from 1740 to 1780, this groundbreaking work contributes significantly to our understanding of the American Revolution. By focusing on some of the most pivotal events of the eighteenth century as they unfolded in the most dynamic places in America, this book illuminates how city dwellersjoined in various forms of political activity that helped make the Revolution possible.

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The cities of eighteenth-century America packed together tens of thousands of colonists, who met each other in back rooms and plotted political tactics, debated the issues of the day in taverns, and mingled together on the wharves or in the streets. In this fascinating work, historian BenjaminL. Carp shows how these various urban meeti...

Benjamin L. Carp is an Assistant Professor of History at Tufts University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:March 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction: Political Mobilization in the Urban Landscape1. Port in a Storm: The Boston Waterfront as Contested Space, 1747-742. Orderly and Disorderly Mobilization in the Taverns of New York City3. "And Yet There is Room": The Religious Landscape of Newport4. Changing our Habitation: The Revolutionary Movement in Charleston's Domestic Spaces5. Philadelphia Politics, In and Out of Doors, 1742-76Epilogue: The Forgotten City