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Story | Jun 27, 2014According to standard narratives of the American Revolution, the military path toward independence began with a "shot heard round the world." But Claudio Saunt's "West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776" reveals that when the 13 colonies united against the British and declared their independence, most of the continent hardly took notice. In fact, the colonies represented less than 4 percent of North America's total population at the time, yet most accounts of 18th-century America are fixated on that 4 percent. "West of the Revolution" offers a bold and inclusive narrative, highlighting stories that collectively diminish the centrality of the colonies in early American history.
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1619: 20 black indentured servants arrive at Jamestown, Va. 1620: Pilgrims land at Plymouth, Mass. 1640-1680: Beginning of large-scale African slave labor in the British Caribbean for sugar production. 1650: Connecticut becomes second American...