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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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...
August 16, 2017
July 05, 2017
An interesting perspective of the War of 1812 and how we still fought Great Britain to gain our independence from them.