Review: The Common Cause

My review of Robert Parkinson's new book The Common Cause: Creating Race and Nation in the American Revolution is now available at the Institute of Historical Research's website.

Combining research on particular patriot newspapers and on the ways the American Revolution appeared in print during the 1770s and 1780s, Parkinson's book shows that publicity surrounding the rebel war effort helped establish a crucial basis for racism in the early United States. My review calls this "an account that deserves attention from any historian studying early American national identity, racism, western expansion, or print culture, not to mention historians studying the Revolution itself."