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Breach of trust in a governor, or attempting to enlarge a limited power, effectually absolves subjects from every bond of covenant and peace; the crimes acted by a king against the people are the highest treason against the highest law among men…Benjamin Church

The longer and more deeply I follow the War for Southern Independence the more convinced I become that it was the logical and legitimate successor to our first war for independence. And why not? The leading minds of the War for Independence were Southerners as were the ablest officers of the Continental Army. To fully understand the motivations of these men and to get a glimpse at what was lost in the triumph of the north we have begun to include reviews of books about the colonial period.

Seeds of discontent : the deep roots of the American Revolution, 1650-1750 New York : Walker & Co., c 2008 J. Revell Carr Great Britain Colonies America History 17th/18th century Hardcover. 1st U.S. ed. and printing. xi, 399 p. : ill. ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 369-385) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG   

A narrative history of the largely unexplored events starting almost a century before – that inspired the colonists to launch the American Revolution.

The causes of the American Revolution are most often defined as the Stamp Act and other repressive actions by the Crown against its colonies in the years following the French and Indian War. While these are the direct causes,  Carr takes a longer view, and in Seeds of Discontent , he locates the roots of the Revolution a century earlier, and argues that “the cumulative effect of more than one hundred years of British disrespect, mismanagement, and exploitation prepared the minds of the colonists for revolution.-

In the latter half of the seventeenth century, tensions between colonists and the Crown were strikingly similar to those of 1775: representative legislatures had been suspended, the charters of colonies had been revoked, free trade was being impeded by Navigation Acts favoring the Crown, and heavy taxes were being levied unilaterally. The colonists’ frustration erupted in April 1689, when the king’s representative, who governed the region from Maine to Pennsylvania, was overthrown and seized in Boston. The rebellion spread down the coast, and for the first time colonists risked their lives against English firepower. Unprepared to break with England, the colonists submitted to new governance, but had demonstrated that they could rebel.

Through subsequent decades, numerous instances of British abuse fostered resentment, reaching a peak after the 1745 conquest of Louisbourg, the seemingly impregnable French fortress in Nova Scotia. Though it was won on England’s behalf at great cost to the largely American-born strike force, the British summarily returned Louisbourg to France four years later – an act that outraged politicians, citizens, and soldiers alike.

Bringing to life the two generations that inspired our founding fathers,  Carr illuminates the eventful century that inspired a revolution.


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