Run-Up to the Revolution: Philadelphia’s Response to the Taxation Crisis

Colonial America in the 18th century was a dynamic environment — constantly shifting, changing and growing as its population increased and governments and institutions developed to support it. More merchants progressively established shops in cities such as Philadelphia, Boston and New York, selling a dizzying array of necessities and luxury goods both domestic and imported. These goods,...
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William Logan Comments on William Pitt and the Stamp Act of 1765

The Stamp Act was passed by British Parliament on March 22, 1765. It was levied to help pay for debt caused by the stationing of British troops in America during the French and Indian War, the North American conflict in the global Seven Years’ War (1756–63) between France and Great Britain. The act was to take effect on November 1, 1765. It was a direct tax imposed by the British on the American...
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Rush by Stephen Fried

Rush Revolution, Madness, and the Visionary Doctor Who Became a Founding Father by Stephen Fried Crown, 608 pp., hardcover $30 Benjamin Rush is difficult to write about, although at first glance that makes no sense. He was an interesting man who lived during interesting times, someone who knew prominent people and became prominent himself. He had opinions on everything and everyone, with an...
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Frontier Rebels by Patrick Spero

Frontier Rebels The Fight for Independence in the American West, 1765-1776 by Patrick Spero W. W. Norton & Co., 268 pp., cloth $27.95 Frontier Rebels is a brief, engaging and elegantly written account of violence on the Pennsylvania frontier in the decade leading up to the American Revolution. Several recent historians have demonstrated that the Revolution had a strong western as well as...
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The Scots Irish of Early Pennsylvania by Judith Ridner

The Scots Irish of Early Pennsylvania A Varied People by Judith Ridner Temple University Press/The Pennsylvania Historical Association, 140 pp., paper $19.95 The Scots Irish are recognized as among the largest non-English ethnic groups found in 18th-century Pennsylvania. But who, exactly, were they? In Judith Ridner’s eminently readable account, these migrants from Ireland’s northern province of...
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The Philadelphia Country House by Mark Reinberger and Elizabeth McLean

The Philadelphia Country House: Architecture and Landscape in Colonial America by Mark Reinberger and Elizabeth McLean Johns Hopkins University Press, 464 pp., cloth $69.95 Architectural historian Reinberger and garden specialist McLean’s Philadelphia Country House is the most complete study ever of the city’s colonial rural residences. It is likely to remain the definitive word on...
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