Academic journal article Military Review

A FEW LAWLESS VAGABONDS: Ethan Allen, the Republic of Vermont, and the American Revolution

Academic journal article Military Review

A FEW LAWLESS VAGABONDS: Ethan Allen, the Republic of Vermont, and the American Revolution

Article excerpt

A FEW LAWLESS VAGABONDS: Ethan Allen, the Republic of Vermont, and the American Revolution David Bennett, Casemate Publishing, Havertown, Pennsylvania, 2014, 336 pages

David Bennett's A Few Lawless Vagabonds may be the best American Revolutionary War era book to come out in years. It is an account of the three-way relationship between Ethan Allen, the Republic of Vermont, and the British during the American Revolution. Bennett's Allen is far more complex than the larger than life American Patriot myth that has been perpetuated in previous biographies. Allen is far more focused on Vermont's sovereignty than independence from Great Britain.

Disputed land grant claims originating from Crown representatives in neighboring New York, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts threaten Vermont's existence in the years prior to the American Revolution. The dispute became violent when New York decided to tax Vermont claims and evict New Hampshire land claim owners off disputed lands. Thus, Allen organized the Green Mountain Boys in resistance to New York.

The author's exhaustive research challenges many previous researchers, who downplay Allen's role-in secret negotiations with British officials- to restore Vermont as a sovereign entity under the Crown. His research uncovered a variety of British records and letters that indicates Allen and British representatives engaged each other for years, going back to when Allen was a British prisoner of war following the failed attempt to capture Montreal in 1775. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.