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Author Nicolson, Colin, 1961- author.

Title Imaginary friendship in the American Revolution : John Adams and Jonathan Sewall / Colin Nicolson and Owen Dudley Edwards
Published New York, NY : Routledge, 2019
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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 224 pages)
Series Perspectives on early America ; 3
Perspectives on early America.
Contents Prologue : history -- Friendship -- John and Jonathan -- Politics -- The King's law -- Imagining revolution -- Massachusettensis and Novanglus -- Debate -- The British question -- Revolution -- Epilogue : war and reunion
Summary "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 1775 but why he was impelled to answer him"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on January 10, 2019)
Subject Adams, John, 1735-1826.
Sewall, Jonathan, 1729-1796.
Adams, John, 1735-1826.
American loyalists -- Biography.
Male friendship -- United States
Statesmen -- United States -- Biography.
American loyalists.
HISTORY / United States / State & Local / General.
Male friendship.
Politics and government.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1775-1783.
United States.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Form Electronic book
Author Edwards, Owen Dudley, author.
LC no. 2018046877
ISBN 1315196565