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Historical dictionary of Revolutionary America /
Terry M. Mays.
imprint
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2005.
description
xx, 379 p., [8] p. of plates : ports. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0810853892 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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imprint
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2005.
isbn
0810853892 (hardcover : alk. paper)
catalogue key
5443717
 
Includes bibliographical references.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Terry M. Mays is associate professor at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2005-12-01:
This new work by Mays (The Citadel, Charleston) complements his Historical Dictionary of the American Revolution (CH, Jul'99, 36-6062). While the earlier work emphasized the Revolutionary War itself, this companion piece is meant to comprehensively cover social, political, and economic events and personalities in the period preceding, during, and after the revolution. Mays takes "a closer look at the causes and consequences" of the revolution; his "concise snapshot of the places, people and events" is significant considering the dearth of similar dictionaries or encyclopedias still in print. Most of the roughly 1,000 entries are brief and dull, yet the dictionary is well cross-referenced and covers many minor political players, phrases, and acts not found in similar works. The gem is the excellent, well-organized bibliography, which makes the dictionary an outstanding research tool. The dictionary has a short chronology and appendixes listing the signers of the Articles of Confederation and Declaration of Independence, Constitutional Convention attendees, and presidents of Congress. This encyclopedia will be useful for universities that previously purchased the author's 1999 dictionary and those without a dictionary for the period. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers; general readers. C. H. Becker Jr. Pima Community College
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The gem is the excellent, well-organized bibliography, which makes the dictionary an outstanding research tool....Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers; general readers.
Entries are concise and many are very good...
Mays (political science, The Citadel, South Carolina) covers not just the war of independence, but the political and social changes that led to it beginning in 1763, and the period between the end of hostilities and the implementation of the Constitution in 1789. In entries ranging from a sentence or two to the rare two pages, he identifies people, events, places, laws, institutions, and movements. His emphasis is on political, economic, and social issues; though some military matters are mentioned, he refers readers to more detailed military coverage in his Historical Dictionary of the American Revolution (1999). He includes extensive cross-referencing, but no index.
This work is a well-researched volume.
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Summaries
Long Description
Not just about the grievances that led to war nor the actual war itself, but more particularly the subsequent period of trial and error in which the thirteen states and those that followed were welded into the United States of America. In addition to the over 1100 dictionary entries on significant people and political, economic, and social events of the era, appendixes documenting the signers of the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution, as well as listing all the Presidents of Congress under the Articles of Confederation, are included.
Long Description
The American Revolution was perhaps the most significant event in modern history. It forever demonstrated the ability of a significantly smaller group of people to rebel against their oppressors. On top of that it also gave birth to what would become the most powerful country in the world. And while these feats were impressive, it was the drafting of a constitution, the forging of a union between divided states, and the fashioning of a truly democratic form of government that caused this event to go down in the annals of history. Thus, the Historical Dictionary of Revolutionary America is not just about the grievances that led to war nor the actual war itself, but more particularly the subsequent period of trial and error - when success was far from certain and failure could never be ruled out - in which the thirteen states and those that followed were welded into the United States of America. To do this, Mays employs: · an introductory essay and chronology outlining the events · over 1100 dictionary entries on significant people as well as the political, economic, and social events of the era · an extensive bibliography organized into nearly 100 different categories to facilitate additional research · appendices documenting the signers of the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution · a fourth appendix lists all the Presidents of Congress under the Articles of Confederation
Unpaid Annotation
Looking beyond the grievances that led to war, and the actual war itself, this dictionary particularly brings into focus the subsequent period of trial and error, when success was far from certain and failure could never be ruled out. It was the period that runs roughly from to in which the thirteen states and those that followed were actually welded into the United States of America. Authoritative information about this period is presented through a chronology of events and a comprehensive introduction followed by several hundred detailed entries on important persons, places, events, institutions and other topics
Long Description
The American Revolution was perhaps the most significant event in modern history. It forever demonstrated the ability of a significantly smaller group of people to rebel against their oppressors. On top of that it also gave birth to what would become the most powerful country in the world. And while these feats were impressive, it was the drafting of a constitution, the forging of a union between divided states, and the fashioning of a truly democratic form of government that caused this event to go down in the annals of history. Thus, the Historical Dictionary of Revolutionary America is not just about the grievances that led to war nor the actual war itself, but more particularly the subsequent period of trial and error - when success was far from certain and failure could never be ruled out - in which the thirteen states and those that followed were welded into the United States of America. To do this, Mays employs: an introductory essay and chronology outlining the events over 1100 dictionary entries on significant people as well as the political, economic, and social events of the era an extensive bibliography organized into nearly 100 different categories to facilitate additional research appendices documenting the signers of the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution a fourth appendix lists all the Presidents of Congress under the Articles of Confederation
Table of Contents
Editor's Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Chronologyp. xiii
Introductionp. xvii
The Dictionaryp. 1
Appendixes
Signers of the Articles of Confederationp. 309
Constitutional Convention of 1787 Attendeesp. 311
Signers of the Declaration of Independencep. 315
Presidents of Congressp. 317
Bibliographyp. 319
About the Authorp. 379
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