384 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, notes, bibl., index
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-3883-6
Published: April 2018
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-3884-3
Published: March 2018
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-6158-2
Published: August 2020
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By also interweaving individuals and groups that have historically been excluded from the discussion of honor—such as female thinkers, women patriots, slaves, and free African Americans—Smith makes a broad and significant argument about how the Revolutionary era witnessed a fundamental shift in ethical ideas. This thoughtful work sheds new light on a forgotten cause of the Revolution and on the ideological foundation of the United States.
About the Author
Craig Bruce Smith is assistant professor of military history at the U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies.
For more information about Craig Bruce Smith, visit the Author Page.
"Fresh perspectives and an author’s willingness to take on orthodoxy are the hallmarks of books worth reading. Craig Bruce Smith provides these attributes in his new volume that conveys the story of the American Revolution through an ethical lens. Focusing not on the battles, he offers a new causation theory for the armed rebellion and why changes in ethical thinking created a common cause for the rebels, which was instrumental in the success of the Revolution.”--Eugene Procknow
"Smith has succeeded in writing an important book that revolutionary historians and anyone interested in the place of ethics in public life should read."--Mark Boonshoft, The Junto
“A highly original work that deals gracefully with difficult and often amorphous terms and that succeeds in reinvigorating debates on honor culture, inching us closer to a more holistic understanding of the American Revolution.”--Journal of Southern History
"An engaging and scholarly exploration of the way honor and virtue motivated the colonists who created the American republic."--The New Criterion
“Readers will appreciate Smith’s insights into the formation of American national ideals. He scaled a mountain of archival research. . . . [and] writes with fluidity and power, forging his disparate materials into a cohesive shape while retaining a great deal of rich detail.”--American Historical Review
“Smith’s clearly written and exhaustively researched American Honor traces the evolution of “the ethical ideology of early America” from the middle of the eighteenth century through the early 1800s. . . . An interesting and important book.”--Journal of North Carolina Association of Historians
Multimedia & Links
- Smith talks to Edward T. O'Donnell on the . (episode 103, 10/30/2018, running time 47:16)