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Independence Lost : Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution
by Kathleen Duval


Overview - A rising-star historian offers a significant new global perspective on the Revolutionary War with the story of the conflict as seen through the eyes of the outsiders of colonial society
Winner of the "Journal of the American Revolution" Book of the Year Award Winner of the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of New Jersey History Prize Finalist for the George Washington Book Prize
Over the last decade, award-winning historian Kathleen DuVal has revitalized the study of early America s marginalized voices.
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Overview
A rising-star historian offers a significant new global perspective on the Revolutionary War with the story of the conflict as seen through the eyes of the outsiders of colonial society
Winner of the "Journal of the American Revolution" Book of the Year Award Winner of the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of New Jersey History Prize Finalist for the George Washington Book Prize
Over the last decade, award-winning historian Kathleen DuVal has revitalized the study of early America s marginalized voices. Now, in "Independence Lost, " she recounts an untold story as rich and significant as that of the Founding Fathers: the history of the Revolutionary Era as experienced by slaves, American Indians, women, and British loyalists living on Florida s Gulf Coast.
While citizens of the thirteen rebelling colonies came to blows with the British Empire over tariffs and parliamentary representation, the situation on the rest of the continent was even more fraught. In the Gulf of Mexico, Spanish forces clashed with Britain s strained army to carve up the Gulf Coast, as both sides competed for allegiances with the powerful Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Creek nations who inhabited the region. Meanwhile, African American slaves had little control over their own lives, but some individuals found opportunities to expand their freedoms during the war.
"Independence Lost" reveals that individual motives counted as much as the ideals of liberty and freedom the Founders espoused: Independence had a personal as well as national meaning, and the choices made by people living outside the colonies were of critical importance to the war s outcome. DuVal introduces us to the Mobile slave Petit Jean, who organized militias to fight the British at sea; the Chickasaw diplomat Payamataha, who worked to keep his people out of war; New Orleans merchant Oliver Pollock and his wife, Margaret O Brien Pollock, who risked their own wealth to organize funds and garner Spanish support for the American Revolution; the half-Scottish-Creek leader Alexander McGillivray, who fought to protect indigenous interests from European imperial encroachment; the Cajun refugee Amand Broussard, who spent a lifetime in conflict with the British; and Scottish loyalists James and Isabella Bruce, whose work on behalf of the British Empire placed them in grave danger. Their lives illuminate the fateful events that took place along the Gulf of Mexico and, in the process, changed the history of North America itself.
Adding new depth and moral complexity, Kathleen DuVal reinvigorates the story of the American Revolution. "Independence Lost" is a bold work that fully establishes the reputation of a historian who is already regarded as one of her generation s best.
Praise for "Independence Lost"
An] astonishing story . . . "Independence Lost" will knock your socks off. To read this book] is to see that the task of recovering the entire American Revolution has barely begun. "The New York Times Book Review"
A richly documented and compelling account. "The Wall Street Journal"
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A remarkable, necessary and entirely new book about the American Revolution. "The Daily Beast"
A completely new take on the American Revolution, rife with pathos, double-dealing, and intrigue. Elizabeth A. Fenn, Pulitzer Prize winning author of "Encounters at the Heart of the World""

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781400068951
  • ISBN-10: 1400068959
  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Publish Date: July 2015
  • Page Count: 435
  • Dimensions: 1.75 x 6.5 x 9.75 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.68 pounds


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-05-04
  • Reviewer: Staff

Focusing on the frontier struggle in the Gulf of Mexico region, DuVal (The Native Ground), a historian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, illustrates how multipronged the American Revolution was. It involved three empires (Britain, France, and Spain), several major Native American peoples, and both free and enslaved Africans. DuVal personalizes the conflict by tracing the fates of eight individuals: two tribal leaders, a loyalist couple, a merchant couple backing the colonists, a transplanted pro-colonist Acadian, and a slave who served as a cattle driver and later as a courier for the Spanish. She argues that the American struggle was almost a sideshow to “the real war... between Britain and its French and Spanish enemies.” Her eye-opening discussion of diverse Native policies reveals, for example, that the Chickasaw adhered to a policy of strict neutrality while the Creek resisted the colonists’ expanding settlements and achieved a measure of “interdependence” with Spain. By the mid-1780s, the Americans had moved from seeing Natives as sovereign people with treaty rights to mere inhabitants with “no independent sovereignty.” DuVal’s fine scholarship and colorful presentation reveals that, as the European colonists won independence, they deprived many others of power, autonomy, homelands, and prosperity. Agent: Jill Kneerim, Kneerim Williams & Bloom. (July)

 
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