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Thirteen Clocks

How Race United the Colonies and Made the Declaration of Independence

Robert Parkinson

Cloth: 978-1-4696-6256-5 ($95.00)
Paper: 978-1-4696-6257-2 ($20.00)

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University of North Carolina Press


"In Thirteen Clocks, Parkinson explores the deeper and darker meanings of John Adams's famous metaphor. Reimagining his widely acclaimed Common Cause: Creating Race and Nation in the American Revolution (2016), Parkinson achieves the nearly impossible: he both distills the essence of his previous book and makes the work much more accessible to a borader audience"

--Rosemarie Zagarri, George Mason University

Are we ready for the American Revolution to join the rest of colonial, or indeed American, history? This is the most original work on 1776 in a generation. Parkinson explains the specifically political and national roots of American racism

--David Waldstreicher

With his stunning debut, The Common Cause, Parkinson established himself as one of the most astute historians of the Revolution. Drawing from that exhaustive research, he has written a brilliant history of events that culminated in the Declaration of Independence. Thirteen Clocks should be read by all who are interested in the origins of the American story

--Annette Gordon-Reed