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The Common Cause: Creating Race and Nation in the American Revolution

Robert G. Parkinson


The Common Cause is about how the founding fathers mobilized political authority and military resistance to defeat their cultural cousins. This study examines the overall shape of mobilization in the Revolutionary War, how a discourse evolved delineating friends and enemies in the hopes of garnering support. It focuses on how, through print, patriot leaders propagated certain representations they thought would resonate with a wide colonial audience. Because they had to make the familiar alien, those depictions centered on projecting representations of the British as the equals of dangerous pop ... More

Keywords: race, nation, print, American Revolution, founding, Declaration of Independence, Revolutionary War, founding fathers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781469626635
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626635.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert G. Parkinson, author