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John L. Brooke

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780807833230

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807838877_Brooke

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The Revolutionary Crisis of Consent 1775–1783

The Revolutionary Crisis of Consent 1775–1783

(p.13) 1 The Revolutionary Crisis of Consent 1775–1783
Columbia Rising

John L. Brooke

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter illustrates how the American Revolution sliced through colonial societies, imposing the stark necessity of declaring allegiance to king and empire or to a new republican state in continental confederation. In posing this choice, the Revolution opened an enduring struggle over the relationship between consent and civil society. At the simplest level, the contest of whigs, tories, and the British Empire required a military encounter to settle future sovereignties and allegiances. In the long run, the most problematic settlement would not be that between the parties to the Revolutionary contest, but that involving the ensuing struggles over the nature of American life, struggles about consent and inclusion in American civil life launched but not resolved in the Revolutionary years.

Keywords:   American Revolution, colonial societies, new republican state, continental confederation, American civil life

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