T. H. Breen (Fellow, 1983–84; Fellow, 1995–96)
August 14, 2012
This seminar offers a revolutionary interpretation of the American Revolution. It restores ordinary men and women to the story we tell ourselves about national independence. Moving the focus of interpretation away from the Founding Fathers, it asks questions about resistance to imperial power on the community level. What were the sources of popular mobilization? How did the creation of committees of safety shape local resistance? What role did violence and intimidation play in the relations between neighbors? How did the directives of national congresses affect the actions of local insurgents?