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Community without Consent
New Perspectives on the Stamp Act
Zachary McLeod Hutchins, ed.

Re-Mapping the Transnational: A Dartmouth Series in American Studies

2016 • 264 pp. 10 illus. 6 x 9"
Colonial History / History - 18th Century / Political Science - History & Theory

$40.00 Paperback, 978-1-61168-882-5
$34.99 Ebook, 978-1-61168-952-5

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“The volume ably demonstrates that the new “American” nationality was, to a large degree, fictitious, as it excluded women, non-Europeans and members of the lower classes.”—H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Review

An important reconsideration of the Stamp Act as prelude to the American Revolution

The first book-length study of the Stamp Act in decades, this timely collection draws together essays from a broad range of disciplines to provide a thoroughly original investigation of the influence of 1760s British tax legislation on colonial culture, and vice versa. While earlier scholarship has largely focused on the political origins and legacy of the Stamp Act, this volume illuminates the social and cultural impact of a legislative crisis that would end in revolution. Importantly, these essays question the traditional nationalist narrative of Stamp Act scholarship, offering a variety of counter identities and perspectives. Community without Consent recovers the stories of individuals often ignored or overlooked in existing scholarship, including women, Native Americans, and enslaved African Americans, by drawing on sources unavailable to or unexamined by earlier researchers.

This urgent and original collection will appeal to the broadest of interdisciplinary audiences.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“The essays in Community without Consent reflect the cultural and linguistic turn in historiography, shifting the focus from constitutionalism and political thought to popular culture as revealed in sermons, slave narratives, poems, print media, and accounts of crowd actions and riots. Rather than treating these historical texts as straightforward documentary evidence, the literary critics and historians who contributed to this volume approach these sources creatively, exploring their production, reception, dissemination, and often ambiguous and multiple meanings.”

Early American Literature

“In this refreshing collection of essays, the Stamp Act emerges as a fascinating cultural as well as political event about which we know less than we thought. Uncommonly well organized and compellingly argued, the essays build on one another, refer to one another, and cover a surprising amount of interdisciplinary territory without losing sight of the common ground: the events of 1765–66 and transatlantic responses to them.”—David Waldstreicher, professor of history, Graduate Center, City University of New York

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ZACHARY MCLEOD HUTCHINS is an assistant professor of English at Colorado State University. He is the author of Inventing Eden: Primitivism, Millennialism, and the Making of New England.

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