Willard Sterne Randall: Unshackling America

Event date: 
Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 7:00pm

Join Willard Sterne Randall for a fresh retelling of the Revolution that counteracts the American mythology of a swift, straightforward victory over England.

ABOUT THE BOOKUnshackling America challenges the persistent fallacy that Americans fought two separate wars of independence. Willard Sterne Randall documents an unremitting fifty-year-long struggle for economic independence from Britain overlapping two armed conflicts linked by an unacknowledged global struggle. Throughout this perilous period, the struggle was all about free trade.
Neither Jefferson nor any other Founding Father could divine that the Revolutionary Period of 1763 to 1783 had concluded only one part, the first phase of their ordeal. The Treaty of Paris of 1783 at the end of the Revolutionary War halted overt combat but had achieved only partial political autonomy from Britain. By not guaranteeing American economic independence and agency, Britain continued to deny American sovereignty.
Randall details the fifty years and persistent attempts by the British to control American trade waters, but he also shows how, despite the outrageous restrictions, 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 ships carrying trade increased five-fold between 1790 and 1800, its tonnage nearly doubling again between 1800 and 1812, ultimately making the United States the world’s largest independent maritime power.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Willard Sterne Randall is a journalist and author of six biographies of Founding Fathers. He is a Distinguished Scholar in History and Professor Emeritus at Champlain College. He lives in Burlington, Vermont with his wife, Nancy Nahra, with whom he has co-authored four volumes of history.

 

DATE:  Thursday, November 2nd at 7pm

LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington

ADMISSION: Proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Vermont Foodbank.  Your $3 ticket comes with a coupon for $5 off a copy of the featured book.  Coupons expire at closing the evening of the event.

BENEFICIARY: Founded in 1986, the Vermont Foodbank has grown to be the state’s largest hunger-relief organization, serving Vermont through a network of food shelves, meal sites, schools, hospitals, and housing sites. The Foodbank’s mission is to gather and share quality food and nurture partnerships so that no one in Vermont goes hungry.

Event address: 
191 Bank Street
Burlington, VT 05401
Unshackling America: How the War of 1812 Truly Ended the American Revolution Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781250111838
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: St. Martin's Press - June 27th, 2017