Holiday Bookstore Event: Meet the Author of West of the Revolution, Claudio Saunt


Thursday, December 21, 2017 12:00PM

Holiday Bookstore Event: Meet the Author of West of the Revolution, Claudio Saunt





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Holiday Bookstore Event: Meet the Author of West of the Revolution, Claudio Saunt


In 1776, Thomas Paine published Common Sense, the Continental Congress declared independence, and Washington crossed the Delaware. We are familiar with these famous moments in American history but know little about the extraordinary events occurring that same year west of the Revolution. Claudio Saunt will discuss the fascinating, largely untold story of a immense and restless continent connected in surprising ways. In the pivotal year of 1776, the Spanish landed in San Francisco, Creek emissaries sailed to Cuba, and the Sioux discovered the Black Hills. Decisions made across the Atlantic affected Indian trade routes on the Mississippi, set off an environmental revolution in Canada’s boreal forests, and reconfigured the political balance in the Southwest. These formative events shaped America in lasting ways.

About the Author

Claudio Saunt is the Richard B. Russell Professor in American History and a Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Georgia. He is the author of three award-winning books, A New Order of Things, Black, White, and Indian, and West of the Revolution. He lives in Athens, Georgia.

About the Book, West of the Revolution

Though the British colonies that formed the Continental Congress and filled the ranks of the Continental Army made up only a tiny fraction of the actual North American continent—about four percent—they have always dominated our historical understanding of early America. In West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776 [W. W. Norton & Company], Claudio Saunt, a distinguished professor of American History at the University of Georgia, rectifies this imbalance, revealing a continental history usually lost in the shadows, one that is as significant and exciting as the story of the "American" Revolution. While patriots and loyalists were battling for the eastern seaboard, Russia and Spain jockeyed to control the continent’s West Coast and indigenous peoples fought to maintain their independence. Moving across the entire continent, West of the Revolution recounts the machinations of the Hudson's Bay Company in Canada’s beaver-rich boreal forests; describes Spain’s tenuous hold on the “middle Mississippi”; and explores the post-Treaty of Paris power politics of the British in the Deep South. Far beyond the British colonies, and therefore far beyond the traditional and familiar narrative of American history, multiple revolutions were roiling the continent. West of the Revolution tells rest of the story in all its panoramic drama.


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