Special Leslie’s Retreat Lecture

March 6, 2017 6:40 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Special Leslie’s Retreat Lecture at Pickering House


Before colonial Americans could declare independence, they had to undergo a change of heart. Beyond a desire to rebel against British mercantile and fiscal policies, they had to believe that they could stand up to the fully armed British soldier. Prelude to Revolution uncovers one story of how the Americans found that confidence.

Peter Charles Hoffer is the Distinguished Research Professor of History at the University of Georgia. He is an author of numerous books, including When Benjamin Franklin Met the Reverend Whitefield: Enlightenment, Revival, and the Power of the Printed Word;  Law and People in Colonial America; and The Brave New World: A History of Early America, all published by Johns Hopkins University Press.

Writing in the New England Quarterly, Daniel S. Soucier said: “Hoffer’s engaging prose, clear argument, and varied use of cultural sources, such as poems and songs, make this book accessible and interesting to a broad audience…  Prelude to Revolution is a fine study written primarily for a popular audience by a prolific scholar who adeptly restores the Salem Gunpowder Raid to its rightful place in the history of the American Revolution.”

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