The American Revolution from a British Perspective, 1763-1783

British pamphlets relating to the American Revolution, 1763-1783

British pamphlets relating to the American Revolution, 1763-1783

The importance of these pamphlets has been long appreciated and the richness of their contents suspected but heretofore they have not all been readily accessible and some have been virtually unknown
Colin Bonwick and Thomas R. AdamUniversity of Keele and Brown University, R.I.

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Stories from the American Revolution are revealed in these pamphlets

This collection contains pamphlets published in Britain in the lead-up to and during the American Revolutionary War. The pamphlets cover subjects as varied as colonial governance, taxation, religion, and the debate over Quebec. They also cover key events such as the Boston massacre of 1770, the 1773 Tea Act, and the 1775 Stamp Act. 

Including content written by the Founding Fathers of the United States, these pamphlets are an invaluable resource for those interested in Britain’s increasingly fraught relationship with North America in the mid to late 18th century. 

Note: The pamphlets are arranged by year, then alphabetically by author or by title when the author is not known.

Contents

The American Revolution from a British Perspective, 1763-1783...

Containing 83,627 pages belonging to 16 documents housed in 11 volumes...

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Pamphlets for the Years, 1763-1764

These items cover the rights accorded to the church in 1763, both with regard to the Charter granted to the...

Pamphlets for the Years, 1765-1766

Commencing with a discussion upon taxing the colonies in 1765, these pamphlets these pamphlets then gain an increasing focus upon...

Pamphlets for the Years, 1767-1768

The years 1767 and 1768 see an increased focus on lobbying Britain to change her mind about taxing the U.S....

Pamphlets for the Years, 1769-1770

The focus of the pamphlets published in 1769 is upon the increasingly fragile relationship between Britain and North America. 1770...

Insights

  • These pamphlets are accounts of what each author understood to be happening to Britain's relationship with America at that time.
  • The earlier pamphlets discuss the impact of the taxes which had just been imposed on America. Some of these British pamphlets express their own concerns about the level of those taxes.
  • In 1773 to 1774 the pamphlets reflect the strained nature of relations between Britain and America, but there was still hope that they might be restored.
  • The years 1779 to 1780 saw the tone change again, as the authors began to address the fact that Britain was at war rather than in a dispute with America.
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