1774: The Long Year of Revolution

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In 1774, the imperfect union that consisted of thirteen colonies were a tinder box threatening to blow. The British empire, led by King George III, sought to recoup their losses from the costly Seven Years War which concluded a decade earlier. Taxes were levied on various items, from stamps to tea. The colonists who had fought their battle for the empire on their own soil questioned the legality of the taxes and viewed them as oppressive. Acts of civil disobedience hit their peak with the seizing of tea in Boston, a ship’s cargo confiscated and jettisoned into the cold waters off the Port of Boston in December, 1773. The rabble-rousers of the colonists, or Sons of Liberty, were met with scorn and derision by ideological opposites at home referred to as Loyalists. As events unfolded, the fabric connecting the trans-Atlantic union unraveled at great speed. The consequences would be catastrophic for both sides, but time would tell who would emerge on the winning side.

1774 is a strong and solid effort by Mary Beth Norton. The action doesn’t unfold on any battlefield, yet the raw emotions and anger on display by the actors involved provides all the story one would need. The outcome has long been known, but how it came to pass along with the various personas pushing and pulling them there make for a great historical drama.


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Author Mary Beth Norton
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 528 pages
Publisher Knopf
Publish Date 2020-02-11
ISBN 9780385353366
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Issue April 2020
Category History
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