The Journal of the American Revolution (http://allthingsliberty.com) is launching a new book series on the American Revolution in partnership with Westholme Publishing, LLC. The journal and Westholme will jointly serve as the editorial board of the series, known as Journal of the American Revolution Books. Two titles will serve as the inaugural volumes of the nonfiction series, both publishing in March 2016.
The first book, The Road to Concord: How Four Small Cannons Set Off the American Revolution, is authored by J. L. Bell. It’s a new look at the first battle of the Revolutionary War, tracing the genesis of the fateful British march in April 1775 to little-known events of the preceding September. Back in that month, a militia uprising in the Massachusetts countryside set off an “arms race” for artillery between provincial activists and Crown officials. Men on each side grabbed any cannons they could find in shore batteries, ships, and merchants’ stores. In the most daring and consequential operation of that autumn, Bostonians stole four small cannons from militia armories under redcoat guard, hid them in a public school, smuggled them into the countryside, and eventually moved them to Concord—where a spy located them for the royal governor, Gen. Thomas Gage. The Road to Concord will be the first book to tell the full story of those cannons.
The second title, Grand Forage 1778: The Revolutionary War’s Forgotten Campaign, is authored by Todd W. Braisted. The volume explores a crucial campaign of the Revolutionary War that has long been overlooked in history books. A sweep of the New York and New Jersey countryside by 8,000 British troops looking for fresh provisions triggered several major skirmishes that left scores dead, wounded and captured. An entire regiment of Continental cavalry would be surprised and bayoneted, with the remains of some of the slain discovered by accident nearly 200 years later. Braisted masterfully weaves together primary source research from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Germany to tell a riveting, complete story of Britain’s last great push around New York City.
Journal of the American Revolution began as a web-based publication in late 2012, but has since expanded and now provides impeccable historical information in three formats:
- Online magazine: The journal was first published on the web, affording broad access with a measure of interactivity. The website (http://allthingsliberty.com) features the writing of professional historians and experts, with more than 500 articles published since 2013.
- Annual volumes: Providing permanence and prominence to its most resourceful online articles, the journal publishes an annual hardcover volume, also with Westholme Publishing. Journal of the American Revolution Annual Volume 2015 will be available for sale in May 2015.
- Book series: Published and co-edited with Westholme Publishing, Journal of the American Revolution Books will present new, meaningful scholarship about America’s most important history. The first two books of the series will launch in March 2016.
“Our mission is to feature meticulous, ideally groundbreaking research and well-written narratives about unknown or lesser-known topics,” said Todd Andrlik, founder and editor-in-chief of Journal of the American Revolution. “That mission stretches across all three of our products – online magazine, annual volumes and book series.”
Stay tuned to http://allthingsliberty.com for the latest news about the forthcoming books.