Unshackling America: How The War Of 1812 Truly Ended The American Revolution
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The grand finale
The War of 1812 has long been seen as a "second American Revolution"-but Willard Sterne Randall re-envisions the two conflicts as an unremitting fifty-year-long struggle for economic independence from Britain.
Randall recounts British efforts to control American trade waters-but also reveals how the United States asserted the doctrine of neutral rights and developed the world's second largest merchant fleet as it absorbed the French Caribbean trade. American trade shipping increased five-fold between 1790 and 1800, its tonnage nearly doubling again between 1800 and 1812, making the United States the world's largest independent maritime power.
Unshackling America boldly frames the War of 1812 as the final step on the road to independence.
"In Unshackling America, Willard Randall gives us an account of the early republic that finally makes sense of the ‘forgotten' War of 1812, even as it turns the conflict itself into an exciting drama. The big issues of that era-free trade, a refugee crisis, brutal party rivalries, and foreign meddling in American affairs-resonate with our own headlines. This is history as it should be written: illuminating insights grounded in gritty reality. An important book."?Jack Kelly, author of Band of Giants and Heaven's Ditch
"A consummate stylist, Randall captures both the political tensions leading to the declaration of ‘Mr. Madison's War,' and the drama of the military and naval battles that followed. This is an important book and one that both scholars and readers interested in our national past should read."?Carol Berkin, Presidential Professor of History, Emerita, Baruch College & The Graduate Center, CUNY
"Randall's Unshackling America makes a detailed, powerful, and convincing case that America did not achieve true independence during the war of 1775-1783, but only after a far longer war of fits and starts that did not end until Andrew Jackson's rout of the British at New Orleans in 1815."?Richard Sylla, Professor Emeritus of Economics, Stern School, New York University
About the Author
Willard Sterne Randall is a journalist and author of numerous biographies and histories of early America, including 1814: America Forged by Fire, Alexander Hamilton: A Life, and Benedict Arnold: Patriot and Traitor. He is a Distinguished Scholar in History and Professor at Champlain College.
Additional Book Details
|Release Date:||June 27, 2017|