1775 a good year for revolution by kevin phillips is an ambitious book that fulfills its ambitions phillips demonstrates in documented detail that the critical mass of the american revolution came together in 1775 not 1776. 1775 a good year for revolution in 1775 a good year for revolution phillips says that for too long historians have listed 1776 as the pivotal year in the beginning of the american revolution the correct date he says is 1775. The title 1775 a good year for revolution may sound like a more modest undertaking though its size well over 500 pages indicates otherwise in some sense the argument is simple 1775 not 1776 was the real hinge of american history the moment when independence transformed from a possibility to a reality. In this book the author a historian punctures the myth that 1776 was the watershed year of the american revolution 1775 was the year in which patriots captured british forts and fought battles from the canadian border to the carolinas obtained the needed gunpowder and orchestrated the critical months of nation building in the backrooms of a . The year 1776 is overrated writes political commentator turned historian phillips the cousins wars who makes a convincing case in this long detailed but entirely enthralling account
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