Robert J. Allison is one of 37 contributors to Reporting the Revolutionary War. Allison is a professor of history at Suffolk University in Boston, also teaches at the Harvard Extension School. He is the author of The American Revolution: A Concise History (Oxford University Press, 2011), Stephen Decatur: American Naval Hero (University of Massachusetts Press, 2005), as well as several books on Boston and the American Revolution. He is vice president of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, a trustee of the USS Constitution Museum, and a consultant to the Commonwealth Museum in Boston.
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In late May, 1775, the Battle of Noddle’s Island, a fight for sheep and hay on islands just northeast of Boston, was the sharpest fight between American and British forces that took place between Lexington and Concord and Bunker Hill, according to contributor James L. Nelson. The following year, just four months before declaring independence, the Battle of the Rice Boats was fought near Savannah, Georgia, and was a significant military, political and public opinion victory for the Americans, according to contributor Hugh T. Harrington. Rice Boats and Noddle's Island are two battles that are scarcely covered in history books, almost never in texts, and help highlight the long, grueling process of winning our freedom.
In just its second issue printed in Boston since the evacuation of the British, the New-England Chronicle of May 2, 1776, describes the Battle of the Rice Boats in great detail. You'll see this issue and more than 150 others up close and personal in Reporting the Revolutionary War this November.
Colonial newspapers published between 1763 and 1783 fanned the flames of rebellion in America, provided critical correspondence during the war, sustained loyalty to the cause and ultimately aided in the outcome. Reporting the Revolutionary War: Before It Was History, It Was News (Sourcebooks, November 2012) offers readers an unprecedented look at colonial newspapers, which detailed the biggest battles and milestones as well as many forgotten events of the American Revolution.
Through vivid eyewitness accounts, battlefield letters and breaking news compiled from hundreds of newspapers – printed on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean – the story of the American Revolution is unlike any version that has been told. It is raw and uncut, full of intense action, drama and suspense. From start to finish, these frontline newspapers deliver incomparable insight about America’s founding and combine to reveal one of the most real and comprehensive narratives of the Revolutionary Era, loaded with amazing characters, better-than-fiction plot twists and the perfect climax. This is history in its purest form.
Author/Editor Todd Andrlik is among the nation’s leading authorities on 18th century newspapers. He built one of the most significant private collections of American Revolution era newspapers, containing the earliest printed reports of practically every major event and battle, which he is making public for the first time ever with this book.
Coming together to help put the original newspapers accounts in context are 37 top historians -- including professors, scholars, authors and park rangers -- who have contributed more than 60 fascinating essays. These essays chronicle the impact these papers made on America's War of Independence.
In addition to the 400-page, full-color book, Todd Andrlik and Sourcebooks are launching a sensational multimedia package complete with website, digital archive of 300+ Revolutionary newspapers, interactive app, video, audio and educational lesson plans. With Reporting the Revolutionary War, we are bringing the 18th century to the 21st.