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Protocols of Liberty: Communication Innovation and the American Revolution

William B. Warner


This book offers an account of how, in the midst of a chronic political crisis, American Whigs seized the political initiative through a set of interrelated innovations in communication. To understand the power of these innovations, this book zooms into moments of political crisis in British America where events could have gone either way: the day after the Boston Massacre; the late December days that culminated in the destruction of the tea in Boston harbour; and the days of late May 1774 when the Virginia committee of correspondence responded to Parliament’s punitive bill closing Boston harb ... More

Keywords: protocols, communication, invention, American Revolution, liberty, post, newspaper, network, committee, Samuel Adams

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226061375
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226061405.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William B. Warner, author