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Book Breaks with Mary Beth Norton and "1774"
Gilder Lehrman Book Breaks features the most exciting history scholars in America discussing their books with host William Roka live, followed by a Q&A with home audiences.

Join us online on Sunday, January 31 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET (11: 00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PT) with Mary Beth Norton as she discusses her book "1774: The Long Year of Revolution."

The culmination of more than four decades of research and thought, Mary Beth Norton looks at the sixteen months leading up to the clashes at Lexington and Concord in mid-April 1775. This was the critical, and often overlooked, period when colonists traditionally loyal to King George III began the discordant “discussions” that led them to their acceptance of the inevitability of war against the British Empire.

Drawing extensively on pamphlets, newspapers, and personal correspondence, Norton reconstructs colonial political discourse as it took place throughout 1774 and recounts the series of violent incidents that began in December 1773 with the event later known as the “Boston Tea Party.” Late in 1774, conservatives mounted a vigorous campaign criticizing the First Continental Congress. But by then it was too late. In early 1775, colonial governors informed officials in London that they were unable to thwart the increasing power of local committees and their allied provincial congresses. Although the Declaration of Independence would not be formally adopted until July 1776, even before the outbreak of war in April 1775 Americans had in effect “declared independence.”

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Jan 31, 2021 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Mary Beth Norton
MARY BETH NORTON is the Mary Donlon Alger Professor of American History Emerita at Cornell University, where she taught from 1971 to 2018. In 2005-6, she was Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions at the University of Cambridge. She has written six books about Early American history, including "Liberty’s Daughters: The Revolutionary Experience of American Women, 1750-1800" and "In the Devil’s Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692."