The Fort Ticonderoga Author Series features presentations by authors of books related to Fort Ticonderoga’s history.
Occupied America recounts how, in the midst of British military occupation, men and women from a variety of backgrounds navigated harsh conditions, mitigated threats to their families and livelihoods, took advantage of new opportunities and balanced precariously between revolutionary and royal attempts to secure their allegiance. In so doing, it argues that these people and their experiences shaped the course of the Revolution, gradually discrediting Britain’s ability to govern the former colonies and rotting their attempts to restore order from the inside out. More than ideology or military victory, British occupation proved to ordinary Americans that restored royal rule simply wasn’t viable.
Don Johnson is an assistant professor of history at North Dakota State University and a historian of popular politics during the American Revolution.
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