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Paper ISBN 978-0-8078-4784-8
Copyright 1999 by the University of North Carolina Press
An Award-Winning Book
Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award (2000)
Merle Curti Award, Organization of American Historians (2000)
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“The Revolution in Virginia is at last explained.... Woody Holton shows most persuasively that armed Indians, rebellious enslaved workers, and democratically active smallholders were just as much active agents of the Revolution as Lord North and Patrick Henry.”
“In this tour de force, Woody Holton takes on a powerful image: (white) Virginians moving together into independence, united behind a patriot leader class. He shows instead how Virginians of all sorts confronted a shared crisis from their own points of view, how all of them influenced the outcome, and how living through that crisis changed them all.”
“[Holton’s] insights into the interplay among class, race, and ideology produce a complex and persuasive account of Virginia’s path to revolution.... A really well-written book, with vivid descriptive details and clearly presented analysis.”