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Scars of Independence - America's Violent Birth

Holger Hoock

A magisterial new work that rewrites the story of America's founding The American Revolution is often portrayed as an orderly, restrained rebellion, with brave patriots defending their noble ideals against an oppressive empire. It's a stirring narrative, and one the founders did their best to encourage after the war. But as historian Holger Hoock shows in this deeply researched and elegantly written account of America's founding, the Revolution was not only a high-minded battle over principles, but also a profoundly violent civil war-one that shaped the nation, and the British Empire, in ways we have only begun to understand. In Scars of Independence, Hoock writes the violence back into the story of the Revolution. American Patriots persecuted and tortured Loyalists. British troops massacred enemy soldiers and raped colonial women. Prisoners were starved on disease-ridden ships and in subterranean cells. African-Americans fighting for or against independence suffered disproportionately, and Washington's army waged a genocidal campaign against the Iroquois. In vivid, authoritative prose, Hoock's new reckoning also examines the moral dilemmas posed by this all-pervasive violence, as the British found themselves torn between unlimited war and restraint toward fellow subjects, while the Patriots documented war crimes in an ingenious effort to unify the fledgling nation. For two centuries we have whitewashed this history of the Revolution. Scars of Independence forces a more honest appraisal, revealing the inherent tensions between moral purpose and violent tendencies in America's past. In so doing, it offers a new origins story that is both relevant and necessary-an important reminder that forging a nation is rarely bloodless.

A magisterial new work that rewrites the story of America's founding The American Revolution is often portrayed as an orderly, restrained rebellion, with brave patriots defending their noble ideals against an oppressive empire. It's a stirring narrative, and one the founders did their best to encourage after the war. But as historian Holger Hoock shows in this deeply researched and elegantly written account of America's founding, the Revolution was not only a high-minded battle over principles, but also a profoundly violent civil war-one that shaped the nation, and the British Empire, in ways we have only begun to understand. In Scars of Independence, Hoock writes the violence back into the story of the Revolution. American Patriots persecuted and tortured Loyalists. British troops massacred enemy soldiers and raped colonial women. Prisoners were starved on disease-ridden ships and in subterranean cells. African-Americans fighting for or against independence suffered disproportionately, and Washington's army waged a genocidal campaign against the Iroquois. In vivid, authoritative prose, Hoock's new reckoning also examines the moral dilemmas posed by this all-pervasive violence, as the British found themselves torn between unlimited war and restraint toward fellow subjects, while the Patriots documented war crimes in an ingenious effort to unify the fledgling nation. For two centuries we have whitewashed this history of the Revolution. Scars of Independence forces a more honest appraisal, revealing the inherent tensions between moral purpose and violent tendencies in America's past. In so doing, it offers a new origins story that is both relevant and necessary-an important reminder that forging a nation is rarely bloodless.
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History

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A magisterial new work that rewrites the story of America's founding The American Revolution is often portrayed as an orderly, restrained rebellion, with brave patriots defending their noble ideals against an oppressive empire. It's a stirring narrative, and one the founders did their best to encourage after the war. But as historian Holger Hoock shows in this deeply researched and elegantly written account of America's founding, the Revolution was not only a high-minded battle over principles, but also a profoundly violent civil war-one that shaped the nation, and the British Empire, in ways we have only begun to understand. In Scars of Independence, Hoock writes the violence back into the story of the Revolution. American Patriots persecuted and tortured Loyalists. British troops massacred enemy soldiers and raped colonial women. Prisoners were starved on disease-ridden ships and in subterranean cells. African-Americans fighting for or against independence suffered disproportionately, and Washington's army waged a genocidal campaign against the Iroquois. In vivid, authoritative prose, Hoock's new reckoning also examines the moral dilemmas posed by this all-pervasive violence, as the British found themselves torn between unlimited war and restraint toward fellow subjects, while the Patriots documented war crimes in an ingenious effort to unify the fledgling nation. For two centuries we have whitewashed this history of the Revolution. Scars of Independence forces a more honest appraisal, revealing the inherent tensions between moral purpose and violent tendencies in America's past. In so doing, it offers a new origins story that is both relevant and necessary-an important reminder that forging a nation is rarely bloodless.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Scott Brick

Length:

14h 53m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:07


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:48


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:06


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:49


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

09:15


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

09:46


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:11


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:55


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:08


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:51


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:17


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:27


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:02


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:16


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:26


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:04


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:11


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:07


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:28


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:36


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:34


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:03


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:24


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:26


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:11


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:50


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:59


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:14


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:53


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:49


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:12


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:05


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:48


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:56


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:10


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:37


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:21


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:33


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:59


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:42


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:00


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:33


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:25


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:50


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:50


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:37


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:17


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:57


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:59


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:55


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:58


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:26


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:18


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:31


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:06


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:35


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:08


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:23


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

08:19


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:42


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:34


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:00


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:22


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:38


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:37


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:40


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:29


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:37


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

08:36


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:51


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:16


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:54


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:14


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:25


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:44


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:01


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:27


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:35


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

08:15


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:04


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:53


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:21


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:55


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:34


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:36


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:07


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

09:33


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:47


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

08:07


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:33


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:16


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

08:38


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:44


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

08:52


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:33


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

08:42


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:29


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:25


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

04:13


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

06:18


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

06:28


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

08:12


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:54


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:32


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

06:06


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

04:48


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

08:24


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

06:32


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

08:35


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

07:56


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

07:46


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

07:04


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

07:11


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

04:34


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

05:58


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:47


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

07:35


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

05:34


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

06:06


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

05:58


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

07:17


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

06:09


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

07:16


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

06:46


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

08:01


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

05:19


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

05:39


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

04:41


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

09:39


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

05:43


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

07:05


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

09:16


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

05:49


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

05:16


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

07:17


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

06:12


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

06:18


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

04:35


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

05:04


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

00:47


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

00:29