SNEAK PEEK @ The American Revolution: Core Documents

BySarah Morgan Smith
On June 25, 2020

On July 4, 2020, The American Revolution—the latest volume in Ashbrook’s Core Document Collections—will be released. Edited by Robert McDonald, Professor of History at the United States Military Academy at West Point, the collection is available for pre-order only through TAH.

This volume of primary documents on the causes and conduct of the American Revolution presents the history of the American political order during its formative period. No one can read these documents today without sensing the overwhelming significance of the issues at stake: from these pages, the reader can come to understand and appreciate not only the emergence of the United States as an independent nation but also something about the challenges of forming a political order on the propositions of equality and liberty—challenges as relevant to modern Americans as they were to our forefathers.

What you’ll find inside the book:

  • A variety of voices and viewpoints that capture the vibrant debates and diversity of opinions of Americans—united in their commitment to equality and liberty, yet so often divided by their different understandings of these most fundamental American ideas.
  • A brief introduction to each document, providing key historical background to help students immediately grasp its place in the unfolding narrative of American history.
  • A thematic table of contents grouping documents into sub-themes inside of the collection topic.
  • Two discussion questions for each document in the collection: one that focuses on a close reading of it as a single text, and one that draws it into conversation with other sources.

Today, we’re offering a sneak peek at one of the documents in the collection: “A View of the Controversy between Great Britain and Her Colonies,” by Samuel Seabury.

Seabury is enjoying a bit of a moment in the sun, thanks to the popularity of Hamilton; in the show, he’s obviously not taken seriously by Hamilton, but in truth, his pamphlet represented the views of many moderate colonists who resented British policy but nevertheless wished for reconciliation with the mother country.

Ultimately, Seabury cast his lot with the Loyalists, serving as a chaplain to the King’s American Regiment. Yet after the war, unlike many Loyalists, Seabury remained in the United States, helping to shape the nation whose existence he would have prevented.

Learn more about Seabury and others on both sides of the fight for independence in The American Revolution.

When you pre-order by July 4, you’ll receive:

  • 20% off the retail price
  • a limited edition set of digital slides with images, maps, and discussion questions to engage your students!



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