Imaginary Friendship in the American Revolution: John Adams and Jonathan Sewall

1st Edition

Colin Nicolson, Owen Dudley Edwards

Routledge
December 21, 2018 Forthcoming
Reference - 240 Pages - 4 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138703827 - CAT# Y323842
Series: Perspectives on Early America

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Summary

Imaginary Friendship is the first in-depth study of the onset of the American Revolution through the prism of friendship, focusing on future US president John Adams and leading Loyalist Jonathan Sewall. The book is part biography, revealing how they shaped each other’s progress, and part political history, exploring their intriguing dangerous quest to clean up colonial politics. Literary history examines the personal dimension of discourse, resolving how Adams’s presumption of Sewall’s authorship of the Loyalist tracts Massachusettensis influenced his own magnum opus, Novanglus. The mystery is not why Adams presumed Sewall was his adversary in 1775 but why he was impelled to answer him.

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