Imaginary Friendship in the American Revolution: John Adams and Jonathan Sewall, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Imaginary Friendship in the American Revolution

John Adams and Jonathan Sewall, 1st Edition

By Colin Nicolson, Owen Dudley Edwards


224 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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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 1775but why he was impelled to answer him.

Table of Contents

Prologue: History

1. Friendship

2. John and Jonathan

3. Politics

4. The King’s Law

5. Imagining Revolution

6. Massachusettensis and Novanglus

7. Debate

8. The British Question

9. Revolution

Epilogue: War and Reunion

About the Authors

Colin Nicolson is Lecturer in History at the University of Stirling.

Owen Dudley Edwards is an Irish historian and former Reader in Commonwealth and American History at the University of Edinburgh.

About the Series

Perspectives on Early America

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Revolutionary
HISTORY / United States / Revolutionary Period (1775-1800)
HISTORY / Modern / 18th Century