America Goes to War: A Social History of the Continental Army

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NYU Press, 1996 - 244 Seiten
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A unique and revealing analysis of the diverse body that made up the American revolutionary army

One of the images Americans hold most dear is that of the drum-beating, fire-eating Yankee Doodle Dandy rebel, overpowering his British adversaries through sheer grit and determination. The myth of the classless, independence-minded farmer or hard-working artisan-turned-soldier is deeply ingrained in the national psyche.

Charles Neimeyer here separates fact from fiction, revealing for the first time who really served in the army during the Revolution and why. His conclusions are startling. Because the army relied primarily on those not connected to the new American aristocracy, the African Americans, Irish, Germans, Native Americans, laborers-for-hire, and "free white men on the move" who served in the army were only rarely altruistic patriots driven by a vision of liberty and national unity.

Bringing to light the true composition of the enlisted ranks, the relationships of African-Americans and of Native Americans to the army, and numerous acts of mutiny, desertion, and resistance against officers and government, Charles Patrick Neimeyer here provides the first comprehensive and historically accurate portrait of the Continental soldier.

 

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Charles Neimeyer provides one of the first thematic accounts about the common soldier during the American Revolution. Neimeyer, retired U.S. Marine Corps officer and current adjunct faculty member at ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Prologue
1
The Social Origins of the Continental Line
8
The Irish in the Continental Army
27
The Germans in the Continental Army
44
Black Soldiers in the Continental Army
65
The Struggle for Indian Allies in the Revolution
89
The Soldier as Wage Laborer
108
Resistance Punishment Desertion and Mutiny in the Continental Army
130
Conclusion
159
Notes
167
Selected Bibliography
221
Index
239
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Charles Patrick Neimeyer teaches at the Naval War College.

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