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A Revolutionary People at War

The Continental Army and American Character, 1775–1783

Charles Royster

Paper: 978-0-8078-4606-3 ($30.00)

Copyright 1979
University of North Carolina Press

A Prize-Winning Book

  • John D. Rockefeller III Award (1979)
  • California Book Award–Silver Medal, Commonwealth Club (1980)
  • Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award (1980)
  • Francis Parkman Prize, Society of American Historians (1981)
  • National Historical Society Book Prize (1981)

In this highly acclaimed book, Charles Royster explores the mental processes and emotional crises that Americans faced in their first national war. He ranges imaginatively outside the traditional techniques of analytical historical exposition to build his portrait of how individuals and a populace at large faced the Revolution and its implications. The book was originally published by UNC Press in 1980.

About the Author

Charles Royster, Boyd Professor of History at Louisiana State University, is the author of The Fabulous History of the Dismal Swamp Company: A Story of George Washington's Times, Light-Horse Harry Lee and the Legacy of the American Revolution


Represents a quantum leap in our understanding of the Revolution. . . . [The book] is social history, intellectual history, institutional history, political history, and not any single one of them, which is to say that it is good history.

--Edmund S. Morgan

Royster’s is a fine book—original, intelligently argued, persuasive, and beautifully written.

--John Shy

To a far greater extent than is true of most historical monographs, it is a work of art. . . . No student of early American history should miss it.

--Journal of Southern History

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