The War in the Cities

Mark A. Peterson

in The Oxford Handbook of the American Revolution

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199746705
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Series: Oxford Handbooks

 The War in the Cities

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One aspect of the American Revolution is “the war in the cities.” Scholars on urban life and the American Revolution have traditionally focused on the five largest urban centers in the British colonies that became part of the new United States: New York, Boston, Charleston, Philadelphia, and Newport. Others have challenged this notion, arguing that less-prominent cities and towns also played a key role in bringing about the war. Some studies include even-smaller towns within the “thirteen colonies,” such as Salem (Massachusetts), Annapolis (Maryland), or Savannah (Georgia). Two other cities that were a part of the war were Quebec and Halifax in Canada. However, the United States did not develop a city like Quebec, Halifax, or Portsmouth as a result of the Revolution.

Keywords: American Revolution; cities; urban centers; colonies; United States; Quebec; Halifax; New York; Philadelphia; Boston

Article.  11007 words. 

Subjects: History ; United States History ; Early Modern History (1500 to 1700) ; Military History

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