reveals the stresses and tensions that increased dramatically after 1763 and threatened the town's cohesion. Here it becomes clear that given Newport's structure and economic base--given its dependence on the sea--British imperial policy in the decade before the Revolution had a devastating effect. Rebellious and uncompromising, the town was torn apart over the question of livelihood vs. loyalty. The American Revolution was a civil war in Newport, Rhode Island. It was stimulated by economic considerations which in turn created dissension and disorder. The issues were resolved only after a long and costly war which brought a weakened Newport the independence it demanded but could no longer enjoy.
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Publication information: Book title: A Dependent People:Newport, Rhode Island in the Revolutionary Era. Contributors: Elaine Forman Crane - Author. Publisher: Fordham University Press. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1992. Page number: 6.
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