Essays on the American Revolution

Essays on the American Revolution

Essays on the American Revolution

Essays on the American Revolution

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In the fall of 1969 the staff of the Institute of Early American History and Culture met to consider appropriate ways in which we might observe the forthcoming bicentennial of the American Revolution. It was incumbent upon us as historians and editors to do what we could to reach as wide an audience as possible while at the same time upholding high standards of scholarship that are often laid aside in the rush to find commercial advantage in national observances. Our deliberations resulted in a four-day symposium on the American Revolution held in Williamsburg between March 8 and March 22, 1971, and ultimately in this volume of original essays. They are presented by their authors and by the Institute as a serious response to the bicentennial celebration and with the hope that reading and reflecting upon them will inspire others to join us in attempting to comprehend the meaning and importance of our Revolutionary heritage.

The symposium was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, which was matched in part by grants from the American Antiquarian Society, the Elis Olsson-Chesapeake Foundation, the Robert Earll McConnell Foundation, and the Noland Company Foundation. We wish to express our appreciation to our two sponsors, the College of William and Mary and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, for their generous cooperation and hospitality and especially to Davis Y. Paschall, president of the College of William and Mary at the time of the symposium, and to William R. Emerson, director of the Division of Research and Publication of the National Endowment for the Humanities, for their patient efforts to assist us in bringing a memorable scholarly meeting into being. Our debt to the many historians who offered suggestions for the program cannot be adequately expressed, but to our colleagues on the Institute staff -- Norman S. Fiering . . .

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