American Rebels: How the Hancock, Adams, and Quincy Families Fanned the Flames of Revolution
American Rebels: How the Hancock, Adams, and Quincy Families Fanned the Flames of Revolution

American Rebels: How the Hancock, Adams, and Quincy Families Fanned the Flames of Revolution

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Author: Sankovitch, Nina

Binding: Hardcover

Number Of Pages: 416

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Release Date: 24-03-2020

Details: Product Description A chronicle of the Adams, Quincy and Hancock families and how they helped spark the American Revolution. Everyone recognizes John Hancock's signature at the bottom of the Declaration of Independence but Nina Sankovitch's American Rebels explores for the first time the family and community connections that led to it. Sankovitch examines the intertwined lives of John Hancock, John Adams, Josiah Quincy Jr, Abigail Smith Adams, and Dorothy Quincy Hancock, and argues for the distinct roles each played in fomenting revolution. Their trajectory from loyal British subjects to American rebels was forged in childhood; and their deeply held convictions, founded in community, fueled their collaborations during the fraught and violent years leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence in July of 1776. Sankovitch presents in vivid detail, backed up by extensive and new research, the ties that bound these men and women together (including faith, love, ambition, and envy) and drove them to rebel against England, while also demonstrating how the desire for independence cut across class lines, and how families could be divided, rebels versus loyalists, in pursuing commonly-held goals of opportunity, liberty, and stability. Review "Nina Sankovitch pens another tour de force as she dives into the tight-knit web of colonial families that propelled the American Revolution...hugely enjoyable ... AMERICAN REBELS succeeds marvelously in putting human faces on the American Revolution and showing readers how seismic events rippled outward from door-to-door intimacy." - Christian Science Monitor "Sankovitch has woven a compelling, potent chronicle of members of three principal American families that will be valued by readers of American history at all levels." -- Starred review, Library Journal "American Rebels" reminds us that as momentous events unfolded, the stuff of daily life carried on--courtships, marriages, family gatherings; houses were constructed, careers furthered, gout and consumption endured by some." -- Wall Street Journal "Historian Sankovitch (The Lowells of Massachusetts) explores the family connections and revolutionary politics shared by John Hancock, John and Abigail Adams, and Josiah Quincy Jr., in this richly detailed and fluidly written account...Sankovitch leavens her deeply researched account with wit, and presents a persuasive and entertaining portrait of life in colonial Boston. Revolutionary War buffs will savor this thoughtful addition to popular histories of the period." -- Publishers Weekly "Sankovitch lays out the evolution of eighteenth-century political thought and shows how it arose within these families and their interconnections. Students of American Revolution history will find a fresh perspective here." -- Booklist "Best-selling author Nina Sankovitch has given us a magnificent, solid work on the life, times and people who helped guide the American colonies to freedom from English rule....Sankovitch has combined detailed research and reporting and a critically straightforward conversational writing style that puts her readers in the hearts and minds of participants and, more important, offers us fresh perspective of the events leading to revolution here." -- The Martha Vineyard Times "[T]he latest work by... Nina Sankovitch is certainly an eye-opener. And in this time of isolation, her work exploring another small New England town in an equally fraught time can help us better appreciate both place and time. Sankovitch traces the route by which loyal British subjects grew to oppose the king, fight for freedom and lead a fledgling country into existence. You may not know those patriots beyond names from history. But they were living, breathing men and women, with passion, pride, contradictions, foibles, strength, talent, worries and fears. The author brings them to life, explaining their relationships with each other and with the town that helped make them who they are." -- Dan Woo

EAN: 9781250163288

Package Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.5 x 1.5 inches

Languages: English