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Woody Holton
University of Richmond (Richmond, VA 23173-0001)
Liberty is Sweet: An Integrated History of the American Revolution

Books about the American Revolution fall into two distinct categories--popular and academic--and to read either, you would think the other did not exist. "Liberty is Sweet" seeks points of convergence between the traditional story of the War of Independence and the vast body of scholarship on the social history of the founding era that has appeared in the last thirty years. My primary qualification for this admittedly-daunting task is that my three previous monographs draw attention to the frequent ability of seemingly powerless groups--Indians and slaves in "Forced Founders," indebted and overtaxed farmers in "Unruly Americans," and women in "Abigail Adams"--to influence grand political events such as the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. "Liberty is Sweet" will demonstrate to general readers that second-generation social history offers intriguing answers to many of their oldest questions about the American Revolution.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars

Research Programs

$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2012 – 6/30/2013