Stories of our nation’s beginnings always attract me: the latest book, “1775.” Its subtitle is “A Good Year for Revolution.”
I found that the author, Kevin Phillips, had illuminated a number of factors in our revolutionary history that I had not read before. The number of local committees that quickly took over local governments in the colonies was a key element. The vital communications were essential in the pre-1776 days. British slowness and incompetence in the new world was a large reason for their inability to cope with the colonists. If they had invaded the Chesapeake they could have cut the colonial resistance in half.
The large number of Loyalists here were matched by support in England for the colonists.
The critical issues of getting gunpowder and arms was another factor he has well documented.
The ferment that brought the colonies to revolt was a long period before they actually decided they didn’t want to be under Britain any longer.