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Roosevelt University (Chicago, IL 60605-1394)
Jesse Lemisch (Project Director: September 1970 to present)

The American Revolution Seen From the Bottom Up: Jack Tar vs. John Bull

In-depth study of the thought and political conduct and pre- and post-Revolutionary common seamen. ABSTRACT: Relates to Bicentennial. Funds to finance a year of writing on the basis of research already completed, in-depth study of the thought and political conduct of pre- and post-Revolutionary common seamen. Since recorded history in general is a product of men of literary elite recording the habits and fortunes of their own associates from the "top down," the influence of the inarticulate masses is difficult to discern. By following a specific but large inarticulate group with a semi-cohesive status in colonial American class structure and a pre-political awareness of themselves as a group apart from the rest of society, through war, to independence, from the "bottom up," it is hoped that a better understanding of the American Revolution as a social movement will result. Was it a majority movement? Did it emerge from a divided society or one conscious of unity? What is the meaning in the pervasive phenomenon of riot in colonial cities as a means of expressing discontent? What role did impressment play in the seamen's activities and the causes fo the Revolution itself? Funds for salaries, travel, typing microfilm, library fees.

Project fields:
History, General

Bicentennial Histories

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$25,176 (approved)
$25,176 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/1970 – 1/31/1972