By T. H. Breen. ISBN 978-0-8090-7588-1. Copyright 2010. Hardcover with 337 pages including notes and index.
This provocative reinterpretation of the American Revolution as a grassroots movement of ordinary persons begins roughly 2 years before the Declaration of Independence. Thousands of colonists, mostly from farm families living in small communities, elected committees to channel their mounting fear, fury, and resentment into organized resistance. They were fed up with the British Empire’s incessant demands for ever greater loyalty, obedience and taxes and had resolved to fight well before their famous leaders made it official. The news of the Battle of Lexington and Concord, April 19,1775 was spread effectively throughout the 13 colonies thanks to established communications system of these grassroots rural rebels.