"Brilliantly controversial, will invite a rethinking of the whole stretch of our American past."—New York Times Book Review
"The product of inspired thinking."—Booklist
"A wonderfully shrewd and satisfying account. . . . A provocative book."—Kirkus Reviews
The colonial experience of Americans was not one long march toward independence. Sixteen hundred seventy-six was a cataclysmic year of Indian insurrection and civil war in America, when the colonies lost their “autonomy” after King Philip’s War and Bacon’s Rebellion. Stephen Webb makes clear how the forces unleashed in 1676 revolutionized the relationships between the adolescent colonies, the imperial government in London, and the embattled Algonquin and Iroquois Indians, and shows how the political institutions that evolved in the colonies in the next three hundred years reflected this experience.
Stephen Saunders Webb is Professor of History at Syracuse University and the author of The Governors-General and Lord Churchill's Coup.
6 x 9, 472 pages, 20 black and white illustrations, 5 maps