Unshackling America: The War of 1812 as the Final Chapter of the American Revolution by Willard Sterne Randall

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Read Unshackling America: The War of 1812 as the Final Chapter of the American Revolution Online Free - Unshackling America challenges the persistent fallacy that Americans fought two separate wars of independence. Williard Sterne Randall documents an unremitting fifty-year-long struggle for economic independence from Britain overlapping two armed conflicts linked by an unacknowledged global struggle. Throughout this perilous period, the struggle was all about free trade.

Neither Jefferson nor any other Founding Father could divine that the Revolutionary Period of 1763 to 1783 had concluded only one part, the first phase of their ordeal. The Treaty of Paris of 1783 at the end of the Revolutionary War halted overt combat but had achieved only partial political autonomy from Britain. By not guaranteeing American economic independence and agency, Britain continued to deny American sovereignty.

Randall details the fifty years and persistent attempts by the British to control American trade waters, but he also shows how, despite the outrageous restrictions, the United States asserted the doctrine of neutral rights and developed the world’s second largest merchant fleet as it absorbed the French Caribbean trade. American ships carrying trade increased five-fold between 1790 and 1800, its tonnage nearly doubling again between 1800 and 1812, ultimately making the United States the world’s largest independent maritime power.

Title : Unshackling America: The War of 1812 as the Final Chapter of the American Revolution
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ISBN : 1250111838
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 464 pages


Dean rated it ★★★★☆

August 29, 2017

Always love American History books that fill in some gaps. Seems like the War of 1812 deserves more than a line or two in most American History books I have read. Most of the time the line or two that is in there is about how Andrew Jackson won the battle of New Orleans that took place after the...

Redgriffin rated it ★★★★☆

September 05, 2017

This is the first book of the newer view of the War of 1812 in which the war for American Independence really lasted from 1775-1814. The seconf half of the war in 1812 was caused by the unwillingness of the British Government to 1. live up to it's agreements made after the Revolution. 2. The intra...

David rated it ★★☆☆☆

December 14, 2017

2.5 Stars This was a very uneven book that sucked me in with an interesting title and thesis. The problem: no execution. Looking at the War of 1812 as a continuation of the Revolutionary War is an interesting interpretation that I think is gaining ground among historians. Instead of tackling that...

Fred rated it ★★★☆☆

September 04, 2017

Nice book is particularly good at tracing the origins of the war and its outcomes, with both a political and (best) economic point of view. The only real negative is the coverage of the many invasions and counter-invasions of Canada which were quite important to the course of the war but somethin...

Lehtomaki rated it ★★★★★

August 16, 2017


Donald Herrick rated it ★★★★☆

October 13, 2017

Great detail of every event. I wish I could remember it all. I do have lasting new ideas. It fills in the details in our history.

Steve rated it ★★★★★

July 05, 2017

An interesting perspective of the War of 1812 and how we still fought Great Britain to gain our independence from them.

Deane rated it ★★★★★

September 11, 2017

Authoritative and sobering. Outstanding

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