384 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, notes, bibl., index
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-3884-3
Published: March 2018
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-3883-6
Published: April 2018
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By also interweaving individuals and groups that have historically been excluded from the discussion of honor—such as female thinkers, women patriots, slaves, and free African Americans—Smith makes a broad and significant argument about how the Revolutionary era witnessed a fundamental shift in ethical ideas. This thoughtful work sheds new light on a forgotten cause of the Revolution and on the ideological foundation of the United States.
About the Author
Craig Bruce Smith is assistant professor of history at William Woods University.
For more information about Craig Bruce Smith, visit the Author Page.
"Fresh perspectives and an author’s willingness to take on orthodoxy are the hallmarks of books worth reading. Craig Bruce Smith provides these attributes in his new volume that conveys the story of the American Revolution through an ethical lens. Focusing not on the battles, he offers a new causation theory for the armed rebellion and why changes in ethical thinking created a common cause for the rebels, which was instrumental in the success of the Revolution.”--Eugene Procknow
"Smith has succeeded in writing an important book that revolutionary historians and anyone interested in the place of ethics in public life should read."--Mark Boonshoft, The Junto
“A highly original work that deals gracefully with difficult and often amorphous terms and that succeeds in reinvigorating debates on honor culture, inching us closer to a more holistic understanding of the American Revolution.”--Journal of Southern History
"An engaging and scholarly exploration of the way honor and virtue motivated the colonists who created the American republic."--The New Criterion
“In this conceptually daring and analytically original overview of the entire Revolutionary age, Smith explores the genesis of American political and ethical traditions and sheds important light on some of the oldest and most familiar themes in early American history.”—Jason Opal, McGill University
"Craig Bruce Smith unfolds a new dimension of the American Revolution with this engaging investigation of honor, virtue, and ethics. His study brings us to a closer and deeper understanding of what the signers of the Declaration of Independence meant when they mutually pledged to each other their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor."—David L. Preston, author of Braddock's Defeat
Multimedia & Links
- Smith talks to Edward T. O'Donnell on the . (episode 103, 10/30/2018, running time 47:16)