The War for American Independence
A Reference Guide
by Mark Edward Lender
August 2016, 336pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-61069-833-7
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A conflict of nearly eight years, the War for American Independence was the longest-lasting war our nation had experienced until the Vietnam War almost two centuries later.

An indispensable resource for investigating America's War for Independence, this book provides a comprehensive yet concise narrative that combines the author's original perspectives with the latest scholarship on the subject.

Without the War for Independence and its successful outcome for the patriots, the course of American development—our institutions, culture, politics, and economics—would have run in radically different directions. From any perspective, the War for Independence was one of the seminal events of national history. This book offers a clear, easy-to-read, and complete overview of the origins of the imperial crisis, the course of the war, and the ultimate success of the movement for independence. It also emphasizes the human cost of the struggle: the ferocity of the fighting that stemmed from the belief among participants on all sides that defeat was tantamount to cultural, political, and even physical extinction.

The narrative encompasses the author’s original insights and takes advantage of the newest scholarship on the American Revolution. The book includes primary documents and biographical sketches representative of the various participants in the revolutionary struggle—for example, private soldiers, senior officers, loyalists, women, blacks, and Indians—as well as famous speeches and important American and British official documents. The edited documents offer readers a sense of the actual voices of the revolutionary struggle and a deeper understanding of how primary documents serve historians’ narration and interpretation of long-ago events. The result is a new synthesis that brings a deeper understanding of America’s defining struggle to an informed public readership as well as college and high school students.


  • Offers readers an incisive view of the ferocity of the war and the human cost of independence
  • Documents how and why the Continental Army became a racially integrated army, something America would not see again until the Korean War
  • Explains how a colonial rebellion in America became part of a world war
Mark Edward Lender, PhD, is professor emeritus and former vice president for academic affairs at Kean University and holds a doctorate in history from Rutgers University. He is the author or coauthor of numerous articles and nine books on early American military, social, and institutional history, including A Respectable Army: The Military Origins of the Republic, 1763–1789; Drinking in America: A History; Citizen Soldier: The Revolutionary War Journal of Joseph Bloomfield; and Fatal Sunday: George Washington, the Monmouth Campaign, and the Politics of Battle. Lender's scholarship has won several awards, including the Richard P. McCormick, Keller, Booth, and Cincinnati prizes, as well as the Richard J. Hughes Award, the highest distinction conferred by the New Jersey Historical Commission. In addition to his writing, he has advised and appeared frequently on programs airing on the History Channel and other commercial and public television stations.
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