First published in 1985, The American Revolution was praised for its use of the new social history to present a balanced view of that supremely political event. Countryman offered an original synthesis of the Revolution and its scholarship, showing how the Revolution was made by a variety of groups—ordinary farmers as well as lawyers, women as well as men, blacks as well as whites—who transformed the character of American life and culture.
In this revised edition, Countryman stresses the painful destruction of British identity and the construction of a new American one. He expands his examination of the geographical scope of the Revolution to include Europe, Africa, and areas west of the Alleghenies, and he draws fresh links between the politics and culture of the independence period and the creation of a new and dynamic capitalist economy. This innovative interpretation of the American Revolution creates an even richer, more comprehensive portrait of a critical period in America's history.